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Safety Last! (1923) with Columbus Landmarks

Opens on July 13

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor Run Time: 74 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1923

Starring: Bill Strother, Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke

Country: United States
Language: English


Join Gateway Film Center and Columbus Landmarks on Thursday, July 13, 2023.

5:30pm – Reception in The Festival Lounge
6:30pm – Remarks from Columbus Landmarks CEO, Rebecca Kemper and Keith Myers, founding partner of MKSK and Gateway Film Foundation Board Treasurer.
7:00pm – Screening of Safety Last! (1923)

Ticket proceeds benefit Columbus Landmarks, a dedicated group advocating for the preservation of historic architecture, adaptive reuse of old buildings, and new design excellence throughout Greater Columbus.


About the film:

Along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd was one of the top silent comedians of his day, and this year, his masterpiece Safety Last! (2023) celebrates the centennial anniversary of its release. It’s a timeless comedy full of jaw-dropping moments and hilarious feats of physical stunts decades before digital special effects suspended actors in front of green screens.

About the filmmakers:

Fred C. Newmeyer was an American film director, actor, and producer. After a short career in professional baseball, he began his film career as a stock actor and worked his way up to the director’s chair. He notably helmed or co-helmed (with Sam Taylor) several of Harold Lloyd’s best films, including including Safety Last! (1923), Girl Shy (1924), and The Freshman (1925). Newmeyer also directed numerous short films with Harold Lloyd as well as┬áseveral short comedy films in the Our Gang series.

Sam Taylor was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He worked on numerous short films with Harold Lloyd, and co-helmed (along with Fred C. Newmeyer) several of Lloyd’s best films, including including Safety Last! (1923), Girl Shy (1924), and The Freshman (1925). He directed silent film icon Mary Pickford in several films, including her Academy Award-winning performance in her first “talkie, Coquette (1929). Taylor also┬álater worked with Laurel and Hardy on one of their final features, Nothing But Trouble (1944).

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