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The Freshman

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(USA / 1925 / Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor)
Unrated / 76 mins.
One of Harold Lloyd’s most entertaining features, The Freshman tells the story of Harold Lamb, a naïve young man who heads to college in the belief that campus life will be just as it is in the movies.
When the boy arrives at school, he quickly discovers that making friends involves more than aping the antics he’s seen on the big screen. Mercilessly ridden by smug upperclassmen and used as a tackling dummy by the football squad, he struggles to woo Peggy (Jobyna Ralston), a lovely co-ed. Determined to win, he rides the pine until he gets a chance to prove himself to his team and his girl at the big game. Released in 1925, this silent comedy tapped into the mingled envy and resentment that many Americans felt for the privileged few who could afford a higher education. With a wonderful new score from Carl Davis, few things are as priceless as Lloyd’s bespectacled, apple-pie-faced performance in this delightful film.
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