The Freshman

The Freshman

Directed by Sam Taylor and Fred Newmeyer • 1925 • United States

Harold Lloyd's biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman's careful plans inevitably go hilariously awry, be it on the football field or at the Fall Frolic. But he gets a climactic chance to prove his mettle, and impress the sweet girl he loves, in one of the most famous sports sequences ever filmed. This crowd-pleaser is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd's slapstick brilliance and incandescent charm, and it is accompanied here by a new orchestral score by Carl Davis.

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The Freshman
  • The Freshman

    Directed by Sam Taylor and Fred Newmeyer • 1925 • United States

    Harold Lloyd's biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman's careful plans inevitably go...

Extras

  • THE FRESHMAN Commentary

    This 2005 audio commentary features Richard Bann, director and film archivist Richard Correll, and film critic Leonard Maltin.

  • Harold Lloyd’s Funny Side of Life

    In 1966, Harold Lloyd created a theatrical program entitled HAROLD LLOYD’S FUNNY SIDE OF LIFE. The program presented THE FRESHMAN together with a brief on-camera introduction by Lloyd and a clip reel from his body of work, both of which are featured here.

  • The Marathon

    Directed by Alfred J. Goulding • 1919 • United States

    This 1919 one-reeler stars Harold Lloyd as one of Bebe Daniels' many suitors, who, after a series of mishaps, ends up running in a local marathon. It is presented here with a new score composed and performed by Gabriel Thibaudeau.

  • An Eastern Westerner

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1920 • United States

    In this two-reeler from 1920, a fast and furious parody of western films, Harold Lloyd stars as an East Coast boy shipped off to a ranch; Mildred Davis, who would later become Lloyd's wife, costars. It is presented here with a new score composed and c...

  • Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus

    This 2014 visual essay by John Bengtson, author of “Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd,” looks at the locations used for the college and football scenes in THE FRESHMAN and features rare behind-the-scenes stills from Lloyd’s archive.

  • High and Dizzy

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1920 • United States

    In this silent film, a young man gets drunk by accident then winds up on a narrow ledge high above the street.

  • Kevin Brownlow and Richard Correll on THE FRESHMAN

    In this 2013 conversation, held at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, film historian Kevin Brownlow talks with Richard Correll, a director and Harold Lloyd’s longtime archivist. The two discuss THE FRESHMAN, Lloyd’s career, and their encounters with Lloyd over the y...

  • Delta Kappa Alpha Tribute, 1963

    Founded at the University of Southern California, the Delta Kappa Alpha professional cinema fraternity was renowned during the ’60s and ’70s for its banquets honoring pioneers of cinema. On January 6, 1963, the organization honored silent stars Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford. In this clip from th...

  • “What’s My Line?”: Harold Lloyd, 1953

    On April 26, 1953, Harold Lloyd appeared as a “mystery guest” on the CBS television show “What’s My Line?” to publicize a theatrical rerelease of THE FRESHMAN. His segment from the show is presented here.