Tag: Fred C. Newmeyer

June 26, 2013 / / Main Slate

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There are two certainties in the world of Harold Lloyd’s SAFETY LAST!: Death and suits. For what is, on its surface, a sweet, endearing and inoffensive rom-com, there are significantly dark undertones present, which put forth a bleak critique of modern life. The most iconic shot of this classic film is of Lloyd hanging; nine stories up, from the hand of a clock, at any moment about to fall to his certain death. And if that image alone isn’t enough to give you a serious case of vertigo, you should know Lloyd had blown his right thumb and index finger to smithereens a few years earlier after an on-set accident involving a bomb prop (he wears a flesh-colored glove to cover up his misplaced digits). Lloyd is not just hanging on for dear life; he’s doing it with only one good hand.