Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd smooch in the finale of “Safety Last” (1923)
Mildred Davis had a terrible fear of heights, and was very afraid to do the scene, so Harold sweetened the deal by giving her a beautiful diamond brooch as an incentive. There were also two men holding her ankles, out of camera range, to make her feel more secure.
A rare glimpse behind the scenes of a silent film, The Sea Beast (1926). Note the violinist, providing mood music for the performers, John Barrymore and his bride-to-be Dolores Costello. Not that they needed it. As you can see, the kiss gets a bit out of hand. Even director Millard Webb yelling “Cut!” didn’t work; he finally had to step in and break them apart! (Oh, and please click on the gifs for larger versions.)