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With: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, James Anderson, Hazel Keener, Joseph Harrington, Pat Harmon
Written by: John Grey, Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan, Ted Wilde
Directed by: Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 76
Date: 09/20/1925

The Freshman (1925)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Speedy at School

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Considered one of Harold Lloyd's masterpieces, after Safety Last and The Kid Brother, The Freshman (1925) sends Harold off to college, where he tries to win the heart of Peggy (Jobyna Ralston). He thinks he's become popular by emulating his favorite movie character, but instead he's the school "boob." (He does a silly little dance any time he meets someone.) Highlights include the party scene in which Harold wears a not-quite-completed suit and the exciting, climactic football game. In 1990, it was selected for the Library of Congress's National Film Registry, and it holds up extremely well today.

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