Month's Goal: $300, Received: $240.00 - (80%) Contribute Now
Donate whatever you can or Join the 15,000 other NAWCC members for only $72 (plus $10 for hard copy publications). Check it out here.


NOTICE Notice: This is an old thread. The last post was 2857 days ago. If your post is not directly related to this discussion please consider making a new thread.
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    DJDasher
    Guest

    Default Who is this actor?

    Hello Folks,

    In almost every issue of the Mart, there is a picture of a man hanging from the hands of a clock which seems to be suspended high over a city street. Although I'm fairly certain that I've seen this scene in an old movie clip, I know little about it. Does anyone know who this is and why the shot was made? The clock is obviously a prop, as one can see "suspension springs" behind the face of the clock. Can anyone shed light on this mystery?

    Thanks,

    DJ

  2. #2

    Default Who is this actor? (RE: DJDasher)

    harold Llloyd.

    Roger Ebert wrote about it in a review. I took this off the net and hope that I am not breaking any laws since I am ID-ing as being from the pen of Roger Ebert:

    "It is by general agreement the most famous shot in silent comedy: a man in a straw hat and round horn-rim glasses, hanging from the minute hand of a clock 12 stories above the city street. Strange, that this shot occurs in a film few people have ever seen. Harold Lloyd's "Safety Last" (1923), like all of his films, was preserved by the comedian but rarely shown; having been through most of Charlie Chaplin and virtually everything by Buster Keaton, I viewed it for the first time last week, and it was my first Harold Lloyd. Others now have their chance, as a retrospective of Lloyd's work, meticulously restored, tours the country in advance of a DVD package."

  3. #3
    Registered User Jeff C's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Seven Fields, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,097

    Default Who is this actor? (RE: DJDasher)

    Sorry I can't answer your question but I've been thinking the same thing! I've twisted this page every which way just to figure it out. I guess since there is comments on this it would be known as brilliant advertising.

  4. #4

    Default Who is this actor? (RE: DJDasher)

    Have only seen a tiny bit of "Safety Last", many years ago. I believe that Lloyd starts out exiting through a door in the clock dial, then hangs, jumps, and falls all the way to a ground floor awning, then to the sidewalk. He apparently did the entire thing for real, himself. A sort of early Jackie Chan, where the feats themselves are the special effects.

    Mike

  5. #5

    Default Who is this actor? (RE: DJDasher)

    I vaguely remember the film from a long time ago. I have been thinking it was the big mouth actor---"Joe E. Brown".

  6. #6
    DJDasher
    Guest

    Default Who is this actor? (RE: DJDasher)

    Thanks for the prompt and informative responses. It's a great shot. I always wondered whether it was a trick, or whether the actor (subject) was just plain nuts...

    DJ

  7. #7
    Hurricaneman
    Guest

    Default Who is this actor? (RE: DJDasher)

    Harold Lloyd did a lot of films that showcased his physical prowess in "cliffhanger" episodes. I saw a number of his works many years ago & the guy is astounding! Some of the stunts are impossible, but they are done anyway-no trick photogrsaphy, no stunt man, no CG magic-just raw chutzpuh & talent!

  8. #8

    Default Who is this actor? (RE: DJDasher)

    Oh my gosh!

    I did a google search on Harold Lloyd and read his Bio and they mentioned that he had an accident in one of his films in which he blew off his right thumb and index finger. If you look closely at the picture of him hanging from the clock
    you will see on his right hand the prosthetic glove.

    Very interesting piece of trivia...
    [At Curly's funeral] The man ate bacon at every meal... you just can't do that! Phil Berquist - City Slickers - My clocks

Similar Threads

  1. And Who Is This Lady?
    By f.webster in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-09-2012, 09:42 AM
  2. Who is this?
    By daddypea in forum European & Other Pocket Watches
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-25-2011, 01:51 AM
  3. Quiz - Who is this Gentleman?
    By Robert Sweet in forum American Pocket Watches
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 10-14-2011, 01:26 PM
  4. Trademark Experts......Who is this?
    By gtodude2 in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-23-2011, 03:30 PM
  5. Just who is this guy, anyway?
    By John F in forum American Pocket Watches
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 02-03-2004, 11:57 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •