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During the famous clock/climbing stunt in Safety Last!Harold Lloyd is not as far from the ground as he appears. The building he climbs was actually a fake wall constructed on the roof of an actual skyscraper and skillfully photographed to maintain the illusion. What makes this whole stunt sequence an even more remarkable feat is that in 1919, Lloyd was handed what he thought was a prop bomb, which he lit with his cigarette. It turned out to be real and exploded, blowing off Lloyd’s right thumb and index finger, and putting him in the hospital for months. When he recovered, he went back to making movies, wearing a white glove while on screen to hide his damaged right hand. So his stunts in Safety Last! - dangling from ledges, clocks and windows - he performed with only eight fingers (x). 

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