The Freshman (1925)

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Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.


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Complete credited cast:
Brooks Benedict ...
The College Cad
James Anderson ...
The College Hero
Hazel Keener ...
The College Belle
Joseph Harrington ...
The College Tailor
Pat Harmon ...
The Football Coach


Harold Lamb's dream is to go to college and become the most popular student on campus, much like the character Speedy played by actor Lester Laurel in the movie "The College Hero". Accepted into Tate College, Harold plans on emulating Speedy, including giving himself the nickname Speedy, to gain that popularity, not realizing that if he does so, he will be more the buffoon than the hero. To be the most popular student, he will have to outdo the current most popular student, football captain Chet Trask. Unaware Speedy's task is made all the more difficult when one of the upperclassmen, seeing how hard Speedy is trying to impress, does whatever he can to make Speedy look all the more ridiculous, all the while Speedy believing he is achieving his dream. The bully's efforts are made all the more easy as Speedy is able to buy his way to seeming popularity with the small nest egg he was able to accumulate from work. The one thing that Speedy may not be able to buy is his way onto the ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

20 September 1925 (USA)  »

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$1,392 (USA) (26 April 2002)


$1,392 (USA) (26 April 2002)

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The football scenes were shot at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California between the first and second quarters of the East-West game of 1924-25. The stadium had just completed construction the year before. See more »


Right after the coach states that he's going to teach his team to tackle if it takes all night, Speedy is shown being tackled with his shadow stretching out behind him. When he stands up in the next shot, he is lit from behind, with his shadow in front of him. See more »


The Freshman: I'm just a regular fellow - step right up and call me 'Speedy'
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Followed by The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) See more »


Written by Harold Berg and Jesse Greer
Used in the 2002 release by Permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc.
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Harold goes to college

Lloyd plays Harold Lamb, a youngster who goes to college.He wants to become the king of campus but he becomes the laughing stock.But he has someone to comfort him, a girl named Peggy, who's played by the extremely beautiful Jobyna Ralston.The Freshman from 1925 is a hilarious silent film.Harold Lloyd is a comedian who never lets you down.Also Ralston is amazing as Harold's love interest.There's one dramatic scene between them, where Harold burst into tears into her lap.That's one fine scene as are the comedic scenes, which you can find many from this movie.The great football game in the end is just amazing.And I could also mention the one where the freshman is at the party and his tuxedo falls apart.This is a movie that will make you laugh and that may also make a few tears come out.I recommend The Freshman for all those who are at college and who aren't.

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