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Writers:
Carl Harbaugh (story) and
Bryan Foy (story)
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Release Date:
November 1927 (USA) See more »
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You'll graduate with a perpetual smile!
Plot:
To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Anne Cornwall ... The Girl
Flora Bramley ... Her Friend
Harold Goodwin ... A Rival
Snitz Edwards ... The Dean
Carl Harbaugh ... Crew Coach
Sam Crawford ... Baseball Coach
Florence Turner ... A Mother

Buster Keaton ... A Son
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Barnes ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Robert Boling ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Charles Borah ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Leighton Dye ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Paul Goldsmith ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Kenneth Grumbles ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Coxswain (uncredited)
Bud Houser ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Morton Kaer ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
Eric Mack ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... High School Principal (uncredited)
Buddy Mason ... Jeff's Friend (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Cook (uncredited)
U.S.C. Baseball Team ... Themselves (uncredited)
Grant Withers ... Jeff's Friend (uncredited)
Shorty Worden ... USC Athlete (uncredited)
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Directed by
James W. Horne 
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Carl Harbaugh (story) and
Bryan Foy (story)

Produced by
Joseph M. Schenck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Bert Haines (photographed by)
Devereaux Jennings (photographed by) (as Dev Jennings)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Kell (film editor) (as Sherm Kell)
 
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Ribière .... digital artist: digital restoration and color correction (restored version) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lee Barnes .... stunt double: Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Lee Barnes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Lewis .... lighting effects
 
Music Department
John Muri .... musical setting: 1992 version
 
Other crew
Harry Brand .... supervised by
Fred Gabourie .... technical director
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
Lee Barnes .... pole vault double: Keaton (uncredited)
 
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USA:66 min
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Various sources associated with the production recalled in later interviews that there was also a filmed scene of Buster Keaton's character trying to play football, but that this scene was later removed to avoid too close a comparison with Harold Lloyd's The Freshman (1925). While no film has surfaced to confirm this, two small parts of the released film lend credence it: 1) When Keaton is unpacking in his dorm, one of the how-to-play-sports books he unpacks is about football, and 2) in the scene of Keaton running across the campus to rescue his girl, he dodges through a crowd of people like a running back trying to avoid tacklers in the open field.See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Keaton goes to college...just like Rodney Dangerfield would later on..., 10 June 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

BUSTER KEATON, in his silent film comedies, was a forerunner of the type of comedian later embodied by the clumsy antics of WOODY ALLEN or RODNEY DANGERFIELD.

This is especially true of COLLEGE, in which our hero is a man who wants to impress his sweetheart with his athletic abilities--and seems to fail miserably. It's a theme that was handled with a bit more finesse years later when Dangerfield went BACK TO SCHOOL ('86) and tried making his own distinct impression.

But Keaton, of course, has his moments even if they aren't the most inspired bits of nonsense in his repertoire. The plot is simple enough--he has a girlfriend who prefers brawn over brains and is insulted when he blasts athletics in his graduation speech as the school's brightest bookworm.

He follows her to college and intends to prove he can handle athletics as well as books. Most of the gags that follow are not as screamingly funny as they're meant to be--mildly amusing is what I made of most of the film. And the politically correct will not be wild about his impersonation of "a colored waiter".

Sorry, but there was too little plot to really engage my interest and I was bored long before the rowing crew ending. I definitely enjoyed Buster more in some of his other outings.

Nonetheless, we do have Keaton and Chaplin today, as Robert Osborne pointed out--and both of them have their following and cult status among a lot of the younger viewers. It's just that COLLEGE is not among Keaton's best work, in my opinion.

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