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Release Date:
20 September 1925 (USA) See more »
Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Good Comedy & Good Performance By Harold Lloyd See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harold Lloyd ... Harold Lamb aka Speedy

Jobyna Ralston ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Beaumon ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Roy Brooks ... Tall student (uncredited)
Rosalind Byrne ... Girl Caught in Suspenders at Dance (uncredited)
Pete the Dog ... Dog (uncredited)

Charles Farrell ... Student Bell Ringer at Frolic (uncredited)
Wallace Howe ... Gardener (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Waiter Who Takes Harold's Pants (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ... Dean's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Charles Stevenson ... Assistant Coach (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Student Who Goes to Dean (uncredited)
May Wallace ... Harold's Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Newmeyer  (as Fred Newmeyer)
Sam Taylor 
Writing credits
Sam Taylor (story) &
Ted Wilde (story) &
John Grey (story) &
Tim Whelan (story)

Thomas J. Gray  titles (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd  uncredited

Produced by
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes .... executive producer (2002 release) (as Suzanne Lloyd)
Harold Lloyd .... producer
Jeffrey Vance .... producer (2002 release)
Original Music by
Don Hulette (1974 version)
Robert Israel (2002)
Cinematography by
Walter Lundin (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil (film editor)
Art Direction by
Liell K. Vedder 
Makeup Department
Wallace Howe .... makeup artist: Mr. Lloyd (uncredited)
Production Management
William R. Fraser .... general manager: The Harold Lloyd Corporation
John L. Murphy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry N. Kohler .... assistant photographer
Music Department
Robert Israel .... conductor (2002 release)
Robert Israel .... music arranger (2002 release)
Don Peake .... conductor: 1974 version
Don Peake .... orchestrator: 1974 version
Other crew
William MacDonald .... technical director (as William Macdonald)
Joe Reddy .... publicity director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
76 min (2002 release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Germany:0 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Harold Lloyd was 31 when he shot this movie. He had always wanted to make a football movie but never had the opportunity. When this film was in development, he thought it would be a bad idea to have him in it, because he was too old.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Intertitle:Tate University - A large football stadium, with a college attached.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942)See more »
CollegiateSee more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good Comedy & Good Performance By Harold Lloyd, 17 December 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This is a good comedy with a good performance by Harold Lloyd in the role of "The Freshman". The entertaining slapstick and amusing story tend to obscure how good a job Lloyd did with his character - to make the story work, Lloyd's character has to be a complete buffoon, utterly oblivious to what is going on around him, yet at the same time he has to be sympathetic to the audience. Lloyd makes this work, and combines it with plenty of good gags to make for a silent comedy classic.

The story is simple, but entertaining, following Harold as he learns about life on the campus of Tate University ("a large football stadium with a college attached"). Old campus comedies are often interesting because they show that, for all the things that have changed, some of the basic personalities on a college campus are still the same as they ever were. Here we have the hard-headed football coach, the mean-spirited hazers, the prissy dean, the wide-eyed freshmen, and more. Most of the characters remain one-dimensional, but they don't need to be anything more in order for it to work. Lloyd does a good job of blending his character into the campus atmosphere, and along with help from leading lady Jobyna Ralston, he makes you care about his silly character while providing plenty of laughs in the process.

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