Safety Last! (1923) is a classic romantic comedy starring Harold Lloyd. The film was highly successful and critically hailed, and cemented Lloyd’s status as a major figure in early motion pictures. It includes one of the most iconic and famous images of the silent film era as Lloyd dangles, clutching the hands of a large clock, outside a skyscraper. It is considered on to the great film comedies of all time. This great film will be accompanied by world renowned organist, Steven Ball, Organist and Director of Outreach for the world’s largest pipe organ located at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
In Safety Last!, Lloyd plays a small town boy trying to make his fortune in the big city so that he can send for his girl back home. In famous Lloyd fashion, this leads to crazy situations as a department store clerk, hilarious physical comedy and the now famous stunts.
Ball occupies a rather unique place in the musical world of the organ. In addition to being a Fulbright Scholar, he is part of a small number of artists proficient in the genre of the theater organ ever to have achieved a doctoral degree in music, and the first to have ever done so with a degree in organ performance. Widely recognized for his scholarship both with classical improvisation as well as the art of silent film composition and accompaniment, he has traveled and performed extensively in both the United States and abroad including concerts in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, England and Switzerland.