Harold Lloyd in Safety Last – 9/30/23

Harold Lloyd in famous scene hanging from the big hand of a clock high above Broadway

100 Years of Cinema Under the Stars

Safety Last! 100th Anniversary Screening on Saturday, September 30

 With live, original music by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick

Our Summer series of monthly screenings under the stars in Glendale’s Brand Park concludes on Saturday, September 30th with a 100th anniversary screening of Harold Lloyd’s silent comedy masterpiece, Safety Last!

In the film, Harold moves to the big city to seek his fortune so that he can afford to marry his sweetheart. Finding work as a clerk in a department store, Harold soon learns that fortunes are hard to come by, but sends inflated descriptions of his progress back home. Reality sets in as his sweetheart arrives, and he must go to great lengths to create the illusion that he’s as successful as he’s claimed. In the final set piece, he climbs a 12-story building to win $1,000, resulting in the iconic image of Harold hanging from the hand of the clock with the street far below.

This screening also coincides with the September 29 observance of Silent Movie Day, which is an annual event celebrating our silent cinema heritage, intended to raise awareness of the great legacy of silent films, and the importance of preserving this precious heritage so it may be enjoyed by generations to come.

Virtual Introduction and Harold Lloyd Home Movies

Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd, will appear onscreen to introduce the film. In addition, she’ll be providing “home movies” showing Harold relaxing with friends and family.

35mm Silent Movie Camera on Display

Thanks to our friends at the History for Hire prop house, we’ll have a Bell & Howell Model 2709 35mm movie camera on display – the same make and model that was used to film Harold Lloyd’s silent comedies through Speedy in 1928.

These outdoor screenings are being presented on the expansive lawn of the historic Doctors’ House in Brand Park. Admission is free. Gates will open at 5:30 to allow time for picnicking and socializing before the program begins at 7:00 PM. Please bring blankets, lawn or beach chairs for seating.

The series is a presentation of Alex Film Society, Retroformat Silent Films, The Glendale Historical Society, Brand Associates and the Northwest Glendale Homeowners Association, with generous support provided by the City of Glendale’s Community Services & Parks.

HAROLD LLOYD images and the names of Mr. Lloyd’s films are all trademarks and/or service marks of Harold Lloyd Entertainment Inc. Images and movie frame images reproduced courtesy of The Harold Lloyd Trust and Harold Lloyd Entertainment Inc.

Directions to Brand Park and The Doctors’ House

In Northwest Glendale, follow Grandview Ave. up the hill and into the park. Grandview can be accessed from San Fernando Rd., W. Glenoaks Blvd. and Kenneth Rd. Once in the park, follow the signs to the Doctors’ House or Brand Motorway. Note that vehicular access ends at the red barrier shown on the map below.

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