- The Freshman (1925 film)
name = The Freshman
image_size = 215px
caption = theatrical poster
Fred C. NewmeyerSam Taylor
writer = John Grey Sam Taylor
Tim Whelan Ted Wilde
Harold Lloyd Jobyna Ralston
music = Harold Berg
cinematography = Walter Lundin
editing = Allen McNeil
released = 20 September fy|1925
runtime = 76 minutes
country = FilmUS
imdb_id = 0015841|
"The Freshman" is a fy|1925
comedy filmthat tells the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. It stars Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedictand James Anderson. It remains one of Lloyd's most successful and enduring films.
In 1990, "The Freshman" was selected for preservation in the United States
National Film Registryby the Library of Congressas being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", going in the second year of voting and being one of the first 50 films to receive such an honor.
Lloyd plays Harold 'Speedy' Lamb, a bright-eyed but hopelessly naive young man who goes to Tate University to fulfill his dream of being popular.
Harold decides the best way to win the college over is to imitate his movie hero, The College Hero. He mimics him down to a little dance he does before greeting anyone for the first time. At college, he is quickly designated the "fool" and the entire college participates in an ongoing joke to make him think he's popular, when in fact he's the laughing stock of the whole school. He tries out for the college football team only to be made their practice tackle dummy and eventually their water boy. His only real friend is Peggy, described in subtitles as "what your mother was like when she was young," and who works in his boarding house.
The whole thing finally falls apart during the dance, in which Harold loses his clothes in the movie's biggest scene due to a mishap with the tailor. It is finally revealed to him just what everyone thinks of him. Deciding he'll show them all that he's not just a joke, Harold is determined to get into the next big football game. His chance comes when his coach runs out of players, and he makes the most of it, haphazardly scoring the winning touchdown, which at last earns him the respect and popularity he was after. But he doesn't even want it any more. He's happiest with the fact that Peggy has just announced her love for him.
"The Freshman" was Lloyd's most successful silent film of the 1920s, and was hugely popular at the time of its release. It sparked a craze for college films that lasted well beyond the 1920s, but none of these surpassed its high standard. Exteriors were filmed near the USC Campus in Los Angeles. The game sequence was shot on the field at the Rose Bowl, and the crowd scenes were shot at halftime at
California Memorial Stadiumduring the November 1924 Big Game between UC Berkeleyand Stanford University. The football game sequence was reused by Lloyd and director Preston Sturgesin Lloyd's last film, "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock" (1947).
"The Freshman" is still a great audience pleaser at modern screenings, and is widely considered one of Lloyd's most hilarious, well-constructed films. "The Freshman" was one of Lloyd's only films to remain widely available after the sound era, and Lloyd reissued the film (with cuts) and used extended scenes in compilation films of the 1960s. The DVD release of Lloyd's films in 2004 includes the full, restored version of the film as shown in the 1920s.
Pete the Pupmakes a cameo in the movie.
Harold Lloydas The Freshman
Jobyna Ralstonas Peggy
Brooks Benedictas The College Cad
James Andersonas The College Hero
Hazel Keeneras The College Belle
Joseph Harringtonas The College Tailor
Pat Harmonas The Football Coach
American humorist and author
H. C. Witwersued Lloyd in April 1929 for $2,300,000 over "The Freshman", claiming that it was "pirated" from Witwer's short story "The Emancipation of Rodney", first published in 1915. [cite news | title = H. C. Witwer sues Lloyd over story | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1929-04-12| page = A20 ] Although Witwer died from liver failurein Los Angeles, California, on 9 August 1929, the lawsuit had not been settled.cite news | title = Death grasps pen of Witwer | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1929-08-10| page = A1 ] Witwer's widow pursued the lawsuit and won a judgement against Lloyd in November 1930. [cite news | title = Finds Harold Lloyd pirated Witwer plot | work = The New York Times | date = 1930-11-19| page = 48 ] On appeal, the United States Court of Appealsoverturned the ruling and Witwer's widow received nothing. [cite news | title = Court victory won by Lloyd | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1933-04-11| page = 8 ]
Harold Lloyd filmography
List of United States comedy films
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock"
*imdb title|0015841|The Freshman (1925)
*tcmdb title|410795|The Freshman (1925)
*amg movie|1:92355|The Freshman (1925)
* [http://www.haroldlloyd.com The Harold Lloyd Trust]
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