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The Freshman (1925)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Romance | 20 September 1925 (USA)
A nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.

Directors:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer), Sam Taylor

Writers:

Sam Taylor (story), Ted Wilde (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Lamb aka Speedy
Jobyna Ralston ... Peggy
Brooks Benedict ... The College Cad
James H. Anderson James H. Anderson ... The College Hero (as James Anderson)
Hazel Keener ... The College Belle
Joseph Harrington 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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The Screamingly Funny Story of the College "Boob," Who Was Always the "Goat" but Did not Know It, but Who Finally Realized His Predicament and Came Through a Real hero (Print Ad- Sunday Star, ((Washington, DC)) 18 October 1925) See more »


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Trivia

Harold Lloyd's shirt has the letter "T" on it for Tate College / University. Although filmed in California, a poster and a pennant in his bedroom shows Tate being located in Texas. 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 saw it in the movies - the College Hero did that jig every time he was introduced to anyone.
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Alternate Versions

A scene was filmed in which Harold cries and is comforted by Peggy (Jobyna Ralston). Harold Lloyd cut this scene when he re-released the film, thinking it was too overly sentimental, but the footage was recently reinstated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd Hayes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Funny Side of Life (1963) 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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Funny..But Romantic As Well
19 October 2000 | by gelatofloSee all my reviews

THE FRESHMAN is the best college spoof film ever made. Outside being lap-slapping hilarious throughout, it has some most original, poetic, and convincing romantic moments as well, like when Harold saw the girl from the reflection of the mirror in his room; or while dancing with other women he saw how she revealed her love for him on the bouquet he gave her, that moment is a wonder. Besides the great football sequence, this film is full of wonderful gags, especially that little dance Harold invented, and the party sequence. Not only this film hasn't aged a bit, but the formula of this film is still used in Hollywood nowadays, but the results hardly, if ever, top this one here.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

College Days See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,392, 28 April 2002

Gross USA:

$1,392
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(2002 release) | (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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