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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 'Speedy' Lamb
Jobyna Ralston ... Peggy
Brooks Benedict ... The College Cad
James H. Anderson James H. Anderson ... Chet Trask (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:

You'll laugh your head off! That's what they said about it in 1925. Heads will roll in the aisles again in 1953! All we can say is: a really funny movie gets funnier! (1953 re-release)


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az újonc See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,392, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,392, 28 April 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2002 release)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the Tate Hotel Cuban cigars are available to purchase at the main desk. Cuban cigars did not become illegal to have in the US until Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959. See more »

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Quotes

Intertitle: The Dean of the College - he was so dignified he never married for fear his wife would call him by his first name.
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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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