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The Freshman (1925)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sport  |  20 September 1925 (USA)
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Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.

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

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

The train station where Harold Lloyd got off for college was in Culver City, near Los Angeles. See more »

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The Freshman: I'm just a regular fellow - step right up and call me 'Speedy'
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Freshie
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A Cinematic Touchdown For Mr. Lloyd
5 August 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

THE FRESHMAN, new to Tate University, is desperate to join the football team and gain instant popularity with the other students.

Silent film legend Harold Lloyd had a tremendous box-office hit with this exceptionally funny film. His character, the all-American fellow, eager to please and fiercely determined to succeed, but hampered by a broad streak of naiveté, is instantly compelling and grabs the audience's sympathy from the start. His physical comedy set-pieces - acting as the replacement tackling dummy for the football squad, hosting a lavish banquet with his fancy clothes literally falling apart - are merely the preludes to the wonderful gridiron game which climaxes the action. Through it all Harold, peering perplexedly at life through his trademark horn rimmed glasses, never wearies the viewers or wears out his welcome with the audience.

The rest of the cast help move the story along and provide able support to the star. Pretty Jobyna Ralston plays the landlady's daughter who encourages Harold when he needs it most. Brooks Benedict is appropriately caddish as the college bully. Pat Harmon gnashes his teeth with gusto as the intimidating football coach & diminutive Joseph Harrington brings big laughs to his role as a harried tailor given to dizzy spells at the worst possible times.

Composer Robert Israel has created an excellent orchestral score which perfectly complements Lloyd's antics on the screen.


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