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The Freshman (1925) is one of the best remembered films of famous silent movie comedian Harold Lloyd.
Lloyd stars as Harold Lamb, who leaves for Tate College with a determination to be popular. On the train to college he meets pretty Peggy (Jobyna Ralston). Harold works hard to become popular at Tate, asking people to call him "Speedy", doing a little dance when he meets strangers, and joining the football team. It backfires spectacularly, and he becomes the laughingstock of campus. Only Peggy (who turns out to be his landlady's daughter) likes him.
Harold makes the football team--as a water boy and tackling dummy, while believing he is actually on the squad. At the Fall Frolic dance Harold is cruelly stripped of his illusions, learning that he is looked upon as a fool and the butt of jokes. After a heart-to-heart with Peggy, Harold is determined to prove everyone wrong by being a hero at Tate's big football game.
- Be Yourself: Peggy's advice to Harold
- Big Game: The climax.
- Big Man on Campus: Harold desperately wants to be this, and at the end he succeeds.
- Collegiate American Football
- Dean Bitterman
- Down to the Last Play
- The Danza: As usual in Lloyd's movies.
- Dawson Casting: Harold Lloyd was playing a college freshman at the age of 32.
- Impairment Shot: Harold is seeing double after taking a hit in the climactic football game.
- Put Me in Coach: The coach finally has to put in Harold because he doesn't have any other men.
- Squirrels in My Pants: A kitten.
- Unnecessary Roughness: Harold's coach demonstrates how to tackle someone by punching them in the face.