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A nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.


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The Freshman
The College Cad
James H. Anderson ...
The College Hero (as James Anderson)
The College Belle
Joseph Harrington ...
The College Tailor
The Football Coach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Student (uncredited)
Tall Student (uncredited)
Girl Caught in Suspenders at Dance (uncredited)
Pete the Dog (uncredited)
Student Bell Ringer at Frolic (uncredited)
Wallace Howe ...
Gardener (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ...
Waiter Who Takes Harold's Pants (uncredited)
King Lockwood ...
Student (uncredited)
George Marion ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ...
Dean's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Charles Stevenson ...
Assistant Coach (uncredited)
Student Who Goes to Dean (uncredited)
Harold's Mother (uncredited)

Directed by

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

Written by

Sam Taylor ... (story) &
Ted Wilde ... (story) &
John Grey ... (story) &
Tim Whelan ... (story)
Thomas J. Gray ... (titles) (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Suzanne Lloyd Hayes ... executive producer (2002 release) (as Suzanne Lloyd)
Harold Lloyd ... producer
Jeffrey Vance ... producer (2002 release)

Music by

Don Hulette
Robert Israel ... (2002)

Cinematography by

Walter Lundin ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Allen McNeil ... film editor

Art Direction by

Liell K. Vedder

Makeup Department

Wallace Howe ... makeup artist: Mr. Lloyd (uncredited)

Production Management

William R. Fraser ... general manager: The Harold Lloyd Corporation
John L. Murphy ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Robert A. Golden ... assistant director

Camera and Electrical Department

Henry N. Kohler ... assistant photographer

Music Department

Robert Israel ... conductor (2002 release) / music arranger (2002 release)
Don Peake ... conductor: 1974 version / orchestrator: 1974 version

Other crew

William MacDonald ... technical director (as William Macdonald)
Joe Reddy ... publicity director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 football team, which he is convinced is the only surefire way to becoming the campus hero, despite not realizing that he truly is not the football type. While Speedy remains unaware how he truly looks to his classmates, Peggy, the daughter of the owner of the rooming house where he is staying, is aware, she who is in love with him, and he with her. The love of a good woman may be able to provide Speedy with a clearer understanding of who he truly should be to impress, and/or get his mind focused on other things other than being everyone's best friend. 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) See more »
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Also Known As
  • College Days (United Kingdom)
  • Vive le sport! (France)
  • Harold Lloyd, der Sportstudent (Germany)
  • El estudiante novato (Spain)
  • Üliõpilane (Estonia)
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  • 76 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $1,392, 28 Apr 2002

Did You Know?

Trivia Harold Lloyd was 31 when he shot this movie. He had always wanted to make a football movie but never had the opportunity. When this film was in development, he thought it would be a bad idea to have him in it, because he was too old. See more »
Goofs The glass partition between Harold and the driver disappears and reappears. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947). See more »
Soundtracks Freshie See more »
Quotes Intertitle: Tate University - A large football stadium, with a college attached.
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