Directed by Sam Taylor and Fred Newmeyer • 1925 • United States
Starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.