Skip to content
MUSEUM AND NWFC CLOSED: The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are closed in an effort to further stem the spread of COVID-19. All public programs, screenings, and events are canceled until further notice. Stay connected to art, film, and more by signing up for our newsletter.

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

United States 1923 70 mins.

One of the most beloved comedies of the silent era and one of star Harold Lloyd’s most famous films, Safety Last! tells the story of “The Boy,” an industrious young man who moves from the country to the city seeking a better life. Upon arrival, he finds a job in a department store but quickly realizes its banality; however, when the store’s owner offers up a king’s ransom to anyone able to bring people in, the Boy hatches a plan involving a large clock tower outside and an unsuspecting friend. Meanwhile, the Boy’s girlfriend moves to the city believing he’s made it, considering all the fancy gifts he’s been sending her back home. In both instances, he gets much more than he bargained for.