8 Films Where People Hang From Giant Clocks

This seems to be a timeless movie trope. (See what I did there?)

1. Safety Last!

The one that started it all. Not only is Harold Lloyd the first to do this (I don’t know if this is true or not. What am i supposed to do? Research?) but he did his own stunts, as well.

2. Back To The Future

Another Lloyd dangling off a clock. What are the chances?

3. Hugo

Martin Scorsese’s ode to silent films not only pays homage to “Safety Last!” by having his protagonist, Hugo, hang from a giant clock, but he also shows a clip of it early in the film.

4. The Great Mouse Detective

Trust me, for a mouse, a clock is huuuuge. Other things that are huge to mice: sofas, chairs, trees, the mortgage crisis, etc.

5. Shanghai Knights

Oh, I get it; the first one was Shangai Noon, and this is “nights.” Clever. Wait, what were we talking about, again?

6. Project A

Another Jackie Chan movie where he hangs from a clock? How did we get this lucky?!

7. The Thirty Nine Steps (1978 version)

The conspiratorial “Thirty Nine Steps” not only refers to the number of steps in Big Ben’s clock tower, but 3 + 9 = 12… 1 + 2 = 3… 3 branches of government… Illuminatti… Jay Z… PB&J… types of peanut butter… Which brings us to…

8. Peter Pan

Phew! We made it! I know they’re not hanging, per se, but that’s only because of the fairy dust.

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