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The Freshman (College Days) (1925)

The Freshman (College Days) (1925)

The Freshman (College Days)

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A naively over-eager young college freshman becomes the campus laughing stock, and then, through sheer determination, the football hero who wins the big game. One of Harold Lloyd's most renowned comedy classics, this film is beautifully paced and delightfully inventive, with a rousing gridiron climax.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jean Havez, Ted Wilde, Lex Neal, Clyde Bruckman, Tim Whelan Sr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2014
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

Cast

Harold Lloyd
as Harold Lamb
Brooks Benedict
as College cad
James Anderson
as Chester A. Trask
Hazel Keener
as College Belle
Pat Harmon
as Head Coach
Charles E. Stevenson
as Assistant Coach
Charles Stevenson
as Assistant Coach
Oscar Smith
as Dean's Chauffeur
Grady Sutton
as Student
Mike
as Mascot Dog
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Critic Reviews for The Freshman (College Days)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Lloyd has never been a very good actor; he has been a dummy for comic devices. And we are not much moved by the scene in The Freshman in which he learns at last that he has been the butt of his fellow students, instead of, as he has believed, their hero.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Mr. Lloyd could be funny playing an undisturbed mummy. Simply this: The Freshman is not so funny as earlier of the comedian's adventures.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Lloyd can't compete with Chaplin and Keaton, but he perfectly embodied the can-do energy of the 1920s, and few things are quite as funny as his bespectacled, apple-pie face twisted by a panic that was always justified.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a regular Harold Lloyd strip of fun, which is made all the more hilarious by introducing something like suspense in the sequences on the football field.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Lloyd's films are prose where Keaton's were poems, but gag for gag, Lloyd was the funniest screen comic of his time.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...another solid comedy film, featuring Lloyd as a na´ve character who just wants to be popular at "Tate University," described in a title card as "a large football stadium with a college attached."

Full Review… | December 27, 2015
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Audience Reviews for The Freshman (College Days)

A typical college comedy for the 20s, and the plot is predictable, but Lloyd makes this movie enjoyable and entertaining. He really is hilarious in all his mishaps in this movie. I really enjoyed it, and I recommend it.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

Chaplin may be filled with warmth and pathos, Keaton may be a great athlete, but Harold Lloyd is just plain funny, and thus my favorite silent comedian. And The Freshman is one of his best. A nerdy young man attends a university to play football in order to impress a girl -- why else, right? He is obviously not up to the task and pays for it dearly. Lots of slapstick silliness, sight gags, and lots of heart to boot. Got to see it on the big screen at a repertory screening. The 21st century audience I saw it with laughed hysterically, as if this 80 year old film (at the time I saw it) was a new release. How many of today's Hollywood comedies will still be funny 80 years from now?

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Cindy I

Super Reviewer

UNUSUAL 4 ME 2 GIVE 4 STARS 2 A SILENT MOVIE BUT THIS IS ONE OF LLOYD'S BEST NON-DANGER MOVIES (THINK SAFETY LAST) THERE R SO MANY LONG CONTINUS TAKES NO EDITING OR QUICK CUTS HERE AND U SEE LLOYD'S BODY LANGUAGE HERE U SEE WHY HE WAS ONE OF THE FINEST COMEDIANS IN THE SILENT ERA.

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