SAFETY LAST

TCM, 8 p.m. ET; 5/23/2013 

An all-night TCM salute to one of the most inventive (and, in some circles, underrated) silent comics, Harold Lloyd, begins with his best-known film, the 1923 silent classic Safety Last. This movie, made 90 years ago (!), is the one in which Lloyd, as a department-store employee, hires a daredevil to attract attention by climbing his store building like a human spider – no equipment, no net – and when the daredevil fails to come through, Lloyd takes it upon himself, ascending to one of the most iconic images in all of silent cinema. And that’s only the start of tonight’s mammoth, exciting salute: four features, 16 shorts, and a wonderful in-depth look at the man who deserves to be appreciated on the same plane as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

-David Bianculli