Safety Last!
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After Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the silent film era's "third genius" was Harold Lloyd, who stars in this Horatio Alger-style story of an average country boy trying to make good in the big city. The Boy (Lloyd) leaves his sweetheart, The Girl (Mildred Davis, later the real-life Mrs. Lloyd) in Great Bend while he pursues his fortune in a teeming metropolis. The Boy lands a job as a clerk at a fabric counter of DeVore's, a huge department store, but he lies in his letters home to his beloved, pretending to be the store's manager and spending his earnings on lavish… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The climb has both comic and dramatic weight because it is both a thrilling exercise in physical humor and a thematically rich evocation of the pressures men feel to succeed, lest they be viewed as less than a man"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Harold Lloyd manages to make the characters sympathetic enough to carry the audience's concern on his journey of crazy stunts and mishaps. One of the best of this era."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"I laughed more at some of the scenes with Harold in the store than I did at the climb itself."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"The clock-hanging climax that caps this generally charming tale of a country boy out to make his fortune in the big city is a superb example of his ability to mix suspense and slapstick."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"... a briskly paced thrill comedy with memorable gag after memorable gag, and a surprising dark streak."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Of the great silent film comedians, Harold Lloyd stood apart from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton by virtue of his everyman approach to physical comedy. He had to work at it and he let his difficulty show, but not entirely."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Harold Lloyd at his very best."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"On video, Safety Last! is a certified treat, but in packed movie houses, with audiences invariably gasping and giggling on every cue, it's a near-religious experience. [Criterion Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"You'll believe a man can die."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"As a personality, Lloyd is a combination of silly and sweet, but his true star power comes from his daring athleticism."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"One of Harold Lloyd's funniest comedies, and silent."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Might be the best film of acclaimed comedian Harold Lloyd's silent film days."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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