0.0.2(I=ssax+asax.II=asax+fl+picc).bcl(=tsax+bsax).0 -2.2(I=flhn).2.1 - perc(1/2): vib/chimes/xyl/glsp/marktree/bell tree/tgl/2 tpl.bl/wdbl/siz.cym/susp.cym/BD/tam-t/mcas/guiro/swanee whistle/ratchet/cyms/vibraslap/whip/flexatone/(3 timp) - drum kit -pno(=cel) - banjo(=gtr) - 6 vln.vlc.db
Full Score and parts for hire. Hire and Grand Rights administered by Faber Music on behalf of Euston Music
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis. Bill Stroth
Directors: Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Production company: Hal Roach Studios USA, 1923
Duration: 74 minutes
Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions
(Film Speed: 20-22 frames per second)
Premiere with Davis's score: 1989, London
22 Players: 0.0.3(I=ssax+asax.II=asax+fl+picc.III=bcl+tsax+bsax).0 - 2.2.2(t/b).1 -perc(=timp) - drum kit(=perc) - pno(=cel) - banio(=gtr) - (mm) 6vln.vlc.db
Harold Lloyd's search for a character that could capture the American public's imagination resulted in 'the Boy', a bespectacled, straw-hatted and aspiring young man typical of his generation.
Safety Last is the classic thrill picture, inspired by the 'human fly' phenomenon of the time when men climbed sky-scrapers unaided as publicity stunts.
Lloyd plays the Boy, who comes to the big city and wins his fortune and his girl by becoming a human fly.
The orchestration of Davis's score is based on the line-up of the Paul Whiteman Band, and is inspired by the popular music of the Twenties. An Eastern Westerner has the same orchestration so that the two films can be run as a double bill.