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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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Cast

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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Taglines:

IT'S THE BRIGHTEST TWINKLE OF THE SCREEN'S BIGGEST STAR! (Print ad-Calgary Daily Herald, ((Calgary, Alta.)) 8 January 1926) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The train station where Harold Lloyd got off for college was in Culver City, near Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

The glass partition between Harold and the driver disappears and reappears. See more »

Quotes

The Freshman: Hi Ta Ticky Bing! Bang! Blooey! T-A-T-E- ZIP! CHOP SUEY!
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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

Followed by The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) 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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Probably Harold Lloyd's best
29 April 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to have seen this film in the theater many years ago and I can owe it to this film for sparking my life-long love of the old comedies. I only recently saw it again but this time on DVD and found the film to be even better than I remembered.

For those used to seeing slapstick shorts (including those of Lloyd), this film is quite different. Instead of the focus of this film being comedy, the humor seems incidental to the story and the character development. Because of this, the first 1/4 of the movie does not have tons of laughs--because it's building and developing the story and not trying to elicit cheap laughs. However, as you watch, the humor increases and because this came as the character developed, you really find yourself hooked into caring for Harold and you are emotionally in-tune with him. So, as the movie continues, you find your heart breaking for the guy (yes, Chaplin was not the only silent comedian to use pathos). And, when the end of the picture arrives, you feel his triumph. An exquisite and highly artistic treasure.

PS--I watched the DVD with the optional commentary from Leonard Maltin et al. This REALLY improved my understanding and appreciation for the film. I rarely ever use this option, but as I was re-watching the film and since it was a silent, this option is a major plus.

Interestingly enough, Buster Keaton came out with a similar movie just a few years later (COLLEGE). However, it isn't even close to being as good as THE FRESHMAN. I love Keaton, but not this film. If you must seem one silent college picture, see THE FRESHMAN--and maybe the Marx Brothers' HORSE FEATHERS for a much stupider but terribly funny sound take on college life.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2002 release) | (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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