The Freshman

Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

New 4k digital film transfer from a 1998 restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive; New orchestral score, composed and conducted by Carl Davis, persented in uncompressed stero on the Blu-ray; Audio Commentary featuring Director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Richard Bann, and film critic Leonard Maltin; On-camera introduction to The Freshman by Lloyd and a clip reel, both from Harold Lloyd's Funny Side of Life (1966); Three newly restored Lloyd shorts: The Marathon (1919), with a new piano score by Gabriel Thibaudeau, and An Eastern Westerner and High and Dizzy (both 1920), with orchestral scores by Davis; Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus, a new visual essay on the film's locations by Lloyd author John Bengston; Conversation between Correll and film historian Kevin Brownlow; Footage from a 1963 Delta Kappa Alpha tribute to Lloyd, featuring comedian Steve Allen, Director Delmer Daves, and actor Jack Lemmon; Lloyd's 1953 appearance on the television show What's My Line? ; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stephen Winer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Harold Lloyd's most successful silent feature, The Freshman (1925) satirizes 1920s college life, the all-consuming campus passion for football, and movie-made fantasies through the comic misadventures of Lloyd's eponymous character. As a bespectacled nerd who yearns for nothing more than collegiate popularity, Lloyd's frosh discovers that a jig he saw in a movie doesn't have quite the same social effect in real life, leading to his attempt to join the revered football team. Displaying his athletic and comedic skills for mining humor out of physical punishment, Lloyd becomes the team's target for practicing tackles before his optimistic yet oblivious striver gets his longed-for chance in (what else?) the Big Game. An enormous hit for the phenomenally popular "third" master of silent comedy, The Freshman inspired Lloyd and 1940s master of sound comedy Preston Sturges to explore what happened to the momentarily triumphant Harold after college in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947); The Freshman's simultaneously hilarious and rousing football climax serves as Sturges's prologue two decades later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2014
  • UPC: 715515112918
  • Original Release: 1925
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Time: 1:16:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,350

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harold Lloyd Harold "Speedy" Lamb
Jobyna Ralston Peggy
Brooks Benedict College cad
James Anderson Chester A. "Chet" Trask
Hazel Keener College Belle
Joseph Harrington College tailor
Pat Harmon The Coach
Charles E. Stevenson Assistant Coach
Oscar Smith The Dean's Chauffeur
Grady Sutton Student who goes to dean
Charles Farrell Student (bell ringer at Frolic)
Mike Mascot Dog
Gus Leonard Waiter (takes Harold's pants)
Technical Credits
Fred Newmeyer Director
Sam Taylor Director, Screenwriter
Clyde Bruckman Screenwriter
John Wesley Grey Screenwriter
John Grey Original Story
Jean Havez Screenwriter
Henry N. Kohler Cinematographer
Henry Kohler Cinematographer
Harold Lloyd Producer
Walter Lundin Cinematographer
Allen McNeil Editor
Lex Neal Screenwriter
Liell K. Vedder Art Director
Tim Whelan Sr. Screenwriter
Ted Wilde Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Freshman
1. Opening Credits [2:16]
2. College Dreams [6:03]
3. The Tate Limited [5:59]
4. Opening Address [6:53]
5. "Speedy the Spender" [6:03]
6. Fighting Spirit [8:50]
7. The Water boy [5:21]
8. The Fall Frolic [12:04]
9. The Naked Truth [8:26]
10. "The Days of Days!" [9:45]
11. Two Minutes to Go [5:04]
1. College and Football [2:16]
2. Family Connections [6:03]
3. Mother Love [5:59]
4. "Nothing Has Changed" [6:53]
5. Economic Context [6:03]
6. Substitution Gag [8:50]
7. Modern Audiences [5:21]
8. Previews [12:04]
9. A Little Time Capsule [8:26]
10. Different Stadiums [9:45]
11. "Can He Do It?" [5:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Freshman
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Commentary
      Commentary: On
      Commentary: Off
      Index
         Color Bars
   Harold Lloyd's Funny Side of Life
      Play
   Short Films
      The Marathon
         Play
      An Eastern Westerner
         Play
      High and Dizzy
         Play
Disc #2 -- The Freshman
   Kevin Brownlow and Richard Correll
      Play
   Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus
      Play
   Delta Kappa Alpha Tribute
      Play
   What's My Line?
      Play
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