The Freshman (College Days) (1925)

The Freshman (College Days) (1925)

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One of Harold Lloyd's best feature-length comedies, The Freshman, features the bespectacled regular guy as Harold Lamb, a naïve young man who heads off to college believing campus life will be just as it is in the movies; he even learns a little dance he saw one of his favorite actors do in a film. However, Harold soon discovers that real life isn't all that much like the pictures, and he quickly becomes the laughing stock of the university. Determined to prove himself, Harold tries out for the football team, but he serves as water boy and rides the pine until he finally gets a chance to redeem himself at the big game. Along the way, Harold also tries to woo a lovely co-ed, Peggy (Jobyna Ralston). 22 years later, writer/director Preston Sturges used the climactic football game as the opening for his collaboration with Harold Lloyd, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock.
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NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy
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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 Stevenson
as Assistant Coach
Charles E. Stevenson
as Assistant Coach
Oscar Smith
as Dean's Chauffeur
Grady Sutton
as Student
Gus Leonard
as Waiter
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 naïve 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 26, 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.

Aj V
Aj V

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.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

perhaps notable only because it's the first college humiliation formula comedy. not enough of an endorsement for me to put it on any 'best of' list.

Joe LaRue
Joe LaRue

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