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♪ Live Piano Accompaniment by Steve Sterner

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of its premiere on April 1, 1923.

U.S., 1923
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother
Approx. 70 min. 35mm print courtesy Harold Lloyd Trust.

Needing dough to marry his sweetheart, lowly sales clerk Harold Lloyd cooks up a million dollar “human fly” publicity stunt. Shot on rooftop sets looming over a real downtown L.A., the death-defying climb up the skyscraper — interrupted by Lloyd’s über-iconic encounter with a huge clock — is, nine decades on, still one of the funniest and most suspenseful sequences in movie history, but only the topper to a succession of priceless gags.


Read about 'the Man on the Clock' in The New York Times and The Guardian.

“To see it today with an audience alternately roaring with laughter and gasping is one of the greatest experiences of cinema.”
– David Shipman

“Demonstrates Lloyd’s ability to do more than milk a gag, but to top it… Each new floor is like a new stanza in a poem; and the higher and more horrifying it gets, the funnier it gets.”
– James Agee

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