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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Harold Lamb aka Speedy
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Peggy
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
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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)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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

Some of the football scenes were reused by Preston Sturges in his 1947 film The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947). See more »

Goofs

Peggy is shown in close-up doing a crossword puzzle with a pencil in her right hand. The more distant shot immediately following shows her holding the pencil in her left hand. See more »

Quotes

The Freshman: I'm just a regular fellow - step right up and call me 'Speedy'
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Referenced in Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Collegiate
(1925)
Written by Nat Bonx and Moe Jaffe
Used in the 2002 release by Permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc.
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A genuine classic... Rockne-esque comedy!
18 June 1999 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

"The Freshman" is a truly funny sports movie... And those are HARD to find! Harold is a nerdy freshman college student, who thinks that college life is JUST like it is in "the movies". He finds out differently once he arrives on campus and soon becomes the campus laughing-stock, so he tries to make the football team and prove everybody wrong.

His pathetic attempts to make the team, and the other goings-on make this fabulous "flicker" one that all film buffs should see!

If you've never seen a "silent", this is a great place to start, because it is easier than most for the neophyte to follow the story because, like most of Lloyd's films, the pacing and story-telling are more modern than most, and the humor seems easier to pick up than a lot of other silent movies.

If you ever get the chance to see this or any other silent movie shown PROPERLY (in an old-time movie palace with live musical accompaniment), DO IT! You will NOT regret the experience!


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