Location Sleuth: ‘Safety Last’

Harold Lloyd, Safety Last

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The Los Angeles Conservancy has posted a guide to filming locations for Harold Lloyd’s 1923 film “Safety Last” in conjunction with a showing of the film on June 29 at the Orpheum as part of the Last Remaining Seats series. (The movie is sold out, but it’s always worth checking with the conservancy to see if some  tickets have been returned).

The self-guided tour of “Safety Last” locations, by John Bengston, is a thorough examination of the different buildings used in the film and is well worth reading. Bengston is the author of “Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd.

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I’m always amazed by the amount of detail in the large-format photos used before the advent of the 35-millimeter camera. Enlarging the top photo from “Safety Last” reveals shoppers passing the Blossom of Sweets shop, 849 S. Broadway.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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