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November 1927 (USA) See more »
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To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
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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The pole vault near the end of the movie is one of the few stunts in his career that Buster Keaton did not perform himself.See more »
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Keaton does 'The Freshman' his way, 11 November 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

Purists like to dismiss Buster Keaton's ninth feature as an atypical and thus somehow unworthy commercial compromise forced by the relative failure of his previous masterpiece 'The General'. But while it may not have the deeper resonance of other Keaton comedies it certainly isn't lacking for laughs. The scenario itself is common enough, presenting a variation of Harold Lloyd's popular college comedy 'The Freshman', featuring Buster as an Ivy League bookworm attempting athletic competition to impress a disinterested girlfriend. But the bits of comedy in between the plot lines are unique and many, making this a film of details, some of them quite startling: Buster, carrying a tray of soup, doing a backward somersault without spilling a drop, or trying his hand at every possible track and field event with predictably embarrassing but inventive results, or adding a hilariously cold-blooded epilogue to the happily-ever-after fadeout. No matter how familiar it might appear in outline, the world inhabited by Keaton was all his own, and always contained surprises enough to delight the unwary, inattentive viewer.

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