SAFETY LAST is a typical Harold Lloyd story about an average Joe's attempts to scale the heights of romantic love and professional success. Its concluding episode, in which Harold is forced to climb the face of a 12-story building, is the most famous 18 minutes in all of silent comedy.
Harold (Harold Lloyd) moves to the big city, where he intends to make his mark and then summon and wed his hometown sweetheart, Mildred (Mildred Davis). Over the next few months, he writes her of his success as a rapidly rising executive, although he is in fact only a common clerk. One day,
Mildred pays a surprise visit to DeVore's, the department store where Harold works. By dint...