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Safety Last!(1923)

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The film's footage is listed variously as 6,114 ft., 6,300 ft. or approximately 6,400 ft. Safety Last! was one of comedian Harold Lloyd's most popular films. The image of Lloyd hanging from the hands of a giant clock became a trademark for him. A July 1923 article in Photoplay notes the following about the production: Although Lloyd performed most of his own stunts, a double was used in long shots, and a circus performer was used in the scene in which he dangles from a rope. The buildings were of varying heights and sets were constructed on the roofs to match the exterior of the primary building, so that it appeared as if Lloyd was climbing a single building all the way up. Modern sources add the following: Lloyd was inspired to include a climbing scene in a film after watching Bill Strother, a real-life steeplejack, climb the side of a Los Angeles building as a stunt. Lloyd later hired Strother to perform in his film. The climbing in Safety Last! was filmed using a series of buildings from 1st Street to 9th Street in Los Angeles, CA, including the International Bank Building at the corner of Temple St. and Spring St. Although Lloyd did much of his own climbing, Strother doubled for him in several sequences. The character name "Limpy Bill" reportedly came into use after Strother broke his leg just prior to filming. According to modern sources, Safety Last! included the following additional cast: Charles Stevenson (Ambulance attendant and Laundry man), Gus Leonard (Office worker), Helen Gilmore (Customer), Fred Newmeyer (Man in car), Earl Mohan (Drunk), Richard Daniels (Man in sale), Wallace Howe (Man with flowers), Roy Brooks and James T. Kelley.