Perfect Timing

Sneak Peeks — Jun 24, 2013

The most iconic gag of Harold Lloyd’s career—and one of the most indelible images of all of silent cinema—is the limber funnyman dangling from a clock on the side of a high building in Safety Last!. It is the centerpiece of an amazing extended climax that finds Lloyd scaling an entire department store. The hilarious and perilous-looking stunt was partly achieved by dazzling camera effects. In this clip from a supplement on our release of the film, author John Bengtson and visual-effects expert Craig Barron lay out how this unforgettable trick was accomplished.

For more information on how and where Lloyd made Safety Last!, check out these posts from Bengtson’s blog, Silent Locations.

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