Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) Vs. Safety Last! (1923) + High and Dizzy (1920)
Nita Naldi, 1923.
Animation re-enactment of how the clock sequence was shot in “Safety Last” (1923), using a platform, prop clock face and set facade on top of the actual building located at 908 S. Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles. There was a mattress below, but as you can see, no guard rails. The building is 9 stories high and is still extant today.
Screen stills from “Locations and Effects” documentary clip included in the Criterion release of “Safety Last” (1923)
Clara Bow promotional photo for Maytime, 1923.
William Gillespie and Harold Lloyd in a promotional photo for “Safety Last” (1923)
Harold Lloyd and George Auger, (who used the stage name “Cardiff Giant”), a Ringling Brothers circus giant who stood 7’ 2” and was originally supposed to play to play the role of Colosso in “Why Worry?” (1923), died shortly after filming began. After a nationwide publicity campaign to find a replacement, Norwegian John Aasen from Minnesota, who was over 8 feet tall, was cast to play the part. He was discovered as a result of a newspaper article about his shoe size.
Jobyna Ralston and Harold Lloyd sit in John Aasen’s lap - 1923
John Aasen was 8’ 4” and played the giant in Harold Lloyd’s “Why Worry” (1923)
Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd smooch in the finale of “Safety Last” (1923)
Mildred Davis had a terrible fear of heights, and was very afraid to do the scene, so Harold sweetened the deal by giving her a beautiful diamond brooch as an incentive. There were also two men holding her ankles, out of camera range, to make her feel more secure.
"Safety Last" (1923)
Harold Lloyd - "Safety Last" (1923)