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The Freshman (1925)

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

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

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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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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)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1925 (USA) 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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Runtime:

(2002 release)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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 »

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Football Teammate: Atta boy, Speedy - a twenty yard gain!
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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 »

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Gets My Vote As Lloyd's Funniest
26 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As I continue to delve into the Harold Lloyd films, courtesy the Lloyd Collection DVDs, this movie still ranks as the most entertaining of his silent films. ...and perhaps his funniest, but humor is subject. So far it's number one with me and I know I'm not alone.

Many silent comedies, Lloyd's and others, take 15-20 minutes to warm up but this is fun right from the start. I love Harold's "jig" as he introduces himself to people, thinking he would be "cool" and accepted by doing that, and calling himself "Speedy." I laughed every time he did that, beginning with a very early scene as he prepares himself for college. He was ready to make a big first impression. Of course, all it did was make himself look like a sap, but that's Harold for you, and the type of character he liked to play: a meek, corny-but good-hearted guy who becomes the hero in the end of his stories.

Harold does what he can to become popular in college, figuring the best way would be to be a football hero, since the current gridiron star is the "big man on campus." Harold makes the team, but only out of sympathy for his "spirit." Then, the big game comes and all I can say is that this almost looked like the wild-and- crazy ending of the Marx Brothers in "Horse Feathers." It's not as crazy as the game in that film, but it isn't far behind.

That ending was total lunacy but great fun and Harold winds up making that silly jig and handshake which now has become "in" thing to do, since Harold is the hero! This is a great silent comedy, one of the best from anyone.


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