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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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The College Cad
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The College Hero
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The College Belle
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The College Tailor
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family | Sport

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Release Date:

20 September 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,392 (USA) (26 April 2002)
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Credited as being the first "sports" movie produced. See more »

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Quotes

Intertitle: Tate University - A large football stadium, with a college attached.
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Referenced in Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942) See more »

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Freshie
(1925)
Written by Harold Berg and Jesse Greer
Used in the 2002 release by Permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc.
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As one of Lloyd's biggest fans, I'm shocked that this famous film wasn't great
2 October 2003 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Sadly, a disappointment. I love Harold Lloyd, but, though many consider it his masterpiece, I did not find this one of his better works. Not that it's bad or anything, but I thought it lacked jokes compared to an average Lloyd film, and that the jokes that were there weren't as funny as they could have been. There are only two setpieces, and only one of them approaches the greatness of Safety Last or Speedy. That is the college party that Harold throws. He gets a cheap suit made, and the tailor, who can't quite stitch everything he needs to in time for the party, has to follow him around, repairing tears as they happen. It's hilarious, Lloyd dancing all over the floor while his sleeve is ripping off. The best moment of the film has Lloyd use the tailor's arm and hand to replace his own while the sleeve is being repaired. A buddy asks Harold if he can borrow ten bucks, and though he is shaking his head no, the tailor reaches into Harold's pocket and hands the guy a ten. The climactic football game is good, but, compared to the climb that finishes up Safety Last, it is unimpressive and certainly not as fun. I also was disappointed in the romance, again with Jobyna Ralston. Her character seems like an afterthought. 7/10.


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