Safety Last Review – Don’t Miss It

Recently, my husband and I happened to select a DVD that contained a compilation of Harold Lloyd films, some silent and some early talkies at the library.  We roared, we were charmed, and we were hooked on Harold Lloyd.  To our delight, we learned that the Music Box Theatre is screening a new improved version of “Safety Last” to mark 90 years since the film was released.  What an amazing opportunity for Chicagoans.


Of course, we had to see it.  As my husband said, “This is such a great movie, you can’t see it too many times”.  How many of you have seen it once?  This film is iconic and classic and they “just don’t make films that way anymore” The film is remarkable in almost every way.  On the 90th anniversary of Lloyd’s crowning achievement, Janus Films proudly celebrates with a new DCP restored from the original nitrate camera negative, as well as new 35mm prints and theatrical Blu-rays.  Anyone who sees the movie this weekend is in for a treat.  And if you can go on Saturday, May 25, 2013, you are in for a really special treat.


Saturday night has evolved into a very special event at Music Box with live band and vaudeville acts. On Saturday night, the Music Box Theatre will return to yesteryear with a special screening of Safety Last featuring live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott on the Music Box Organ. The screening is preceded by entertainment by the West End Jazz Band and live vaudeville entertainment! Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to Saturday night screening with live organ are $12 in advance or $15 day of (if available) and include preshow entertainment.


Hailed as one of the great film comedies of all time, the 1923 romantic comedy Safety Last includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Harold Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. This scene has become iconic and most people will recognize it, but in the movie there is so much more to keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing hysterically lead to and from this scene.


 In order to marry his sweetheart (Mildred Davis), Lloyd’s perennial bespectacled go-getter comes to the city, taking on a job as a store clerk. To impress his boss, Lloyd hires an acrobat to climb the multi-story building, but when the climber doesn’t show, Lloyd must do it himself, leading to one of the most iconic images in movie history. Safety Last (Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923, 70m)



For four days only, the Music Box Theatre gives audiences the rare opportunity to experience this comedy classic in celebration of its 90th anniversary. Lloyd was crowned the king of daredevil comedy thanks to Safety Last and – after decades of chases, explosions and CGI – the film’s death-defying stunts still have the power to send audiences reeling.  Safety Last will be screened in a new digital restoration made from the original nitrate camera negative, Friday-Monday, May 24-27 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue. SEE IT!


Music Box Theatre Spring Calendar here:


Music Box Theatre

3733 North Southport Avenue, 

Chicago, IL - (773) 871-6604


Photos: Courtesy Music Box Theatre

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