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* UnnecessaryRoughness: Harold's coach demonstrates how to tackle someone by punching them in the face.

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* UnnecessaryRoughness: Harold's coach demonstrates how to tackle someone by punching them in the face.face.

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''The Freshman'' (1925) is one of the best remembered films of famous silent movie comedian Creator/HaroldLloyd.

Lloyd stars as [[TheDanza 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, buying everyone ice cream, and trying out for 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.

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''The Freshman'' (1925) is a 1925 silent comedy film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. It is one of the best remembered best-remembered films of famous silent movie comedian its star, Creator/HaroldLloyd.

Lloyd stars as is [[TheDanza Harold Lamb]], a naive young man who leaves for Tate College with a determination to be popular. On the train to college he meets meets, and falls for, 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 introducing himself to strangers, giving a rousing speech to the student body, buying everyone on campus ice cream, and trying out for the school football team. It backfires Unfortunately, all of these efforts backfire spectacularly, and he becomes the becomes--unbeknownst to him--the laughingstock of campus. Only Peggy (who turns out to be his landlady's daughter) genuinely likes him.


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* CuteKitten: Harold rescues one of these from a high ledge and then tries to hide it under his sweater while addressing the student body, causing adorable hilarity to ensue.


Not to be confused with [[Film/TheFreshman1990 the 1990 movie]] starring Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/MatthewBroderick. Not to be confused with Pixelberry's Visual Novel ''VisualNovel/TheFreshman'', from the app ''Choices: Stories we Play''.

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Not to be confused with [[Film/TheFreshman1990 the 1990 movie]] starring Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/MatthewBroderick. Not to be confused Creator/MatthewBroderick, nor with Pixelberry's Visual Novel ''VisualNovel/TheFreshman'', from the app ''Choices: Stories we Play''.


* FlatCharacter: Except for HaroldLloyd's character and Peggy, nearly all the characters are represented as college stereotypes.

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* FlatCharacter: Except for HaroldLloyd's Creator/HaroldLloyd's character and Peggy, nearly all the characters are represented as college stereotypes.



* {{Adorkable}}: Harold, as always, the irresistibly charming laughingstock.

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* FlatCharacter: Except for HaroldLloyd's character and Peggy, nearly all the characters are represented as college stereotypes.


Not to be confused with the 1990 movie starring Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/MatthewBroderick. Not to be confused with Pixelberry's Visual Novel ''VisualNovel/TheFreshman'', from the app ''Choices: Stories we Play''.

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Not to be confused with [[Film/TheFreshman1990 the 1990 movie movie]] starring Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/MatthewBroderick. Not to be confused with Pixelberry's Visual Novel ''VisualNovel/TheFreshman'', from the app ''Choices: Stories we Play''.


Lloyd stars as [[TheDanza 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, buying everyone ice cream, 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.

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Lloyd stars as [[TheDanza 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, buying everyone ice cream, and joining trying out for 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.



* UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball: Is a big deal at Tate, which an intertitle jokingly describes as "a large football stadium with a college attached".


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* RunningGag: Harold greeting people by dancing a ridiculous little jig. In one scene, after he's beaten within an inch of his life at football practice, he can barely manage it. The gag pays off brilliantly at the end when Harold becomes a football hero and ''everyone else'' starts dancing his little jig, with the no-nonsense football coach showing them how.


Not to be confused with the 1990 movie starring Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/MatthewBroderick. Not to be confused with Pixelberry's Visual Novel VisualNovel/TheFreshman, from the app ''Choices: Stories we Play''.

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Not to be confused with the 1990 movie starring Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/MatthewBroderick. Not to be confused with Pixelberry's Visual Novel VisualNovel/TheFreshman, ''VisualNovel/TheFreshman'', from the app ''Choices: Stories we Play''.

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''The Freshman'' (1925) is one of the best remembered films of famous silent movie comedian Creator/HaroldLloyd.

Lloyd stars as [[TheDanza 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, buying everyone ice cream, 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.

This film might well be the UrExample for BigGame, BigManOnCampus, DeanBitterman, and PutMeInCoach. Inducted into the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry with the class of 1990.

Not to be confused with the 1990 movie starring Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/MatthewBroderick. Not to be confused with Pixelberry's Visual Novel VisualNovel/TheFreshman, from the app ''Choices: Stories we Play''.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Harold, as always, the irresistibly charming laughingstock.
* BeYourself: Peggy's advice to Harold. It's hard to say whether he takes it.
* BigGame: The climax, in which Tate College is facing off against their big rivals in the season-ending game.
* BigManOnCampus: Harold desperately wants to be this, and at the end he succeeds.
** Chet Trask is one and Harold admires him.
* ButtMonkey: Harold is this throughout a good portion of the film. He gets a lit match thrown on his sweater, chased by a dog and used as a living dummy for football practice, among other indignities.
* CatchPhrase: Harold's "Step right up and call me Speedy!", accompanied by a little jig dance.
* ClothingDamage: Harold's tuxedo for the "Fall Frolic" dance is held together with basting thread, leading to the expected results.
* UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball: Is a big deal at Tate, which an intertitle jokingly describes as "a large football stadium with a college attached".
* DeanBitterman: Takes an irrational dislike to poor Harold.
* DownToTheLastPlay: The game ends with Harold's mad dash to the end zone, scoring a touchdown on the last play.
* ImpairmentShot: Harold is seeing double after taking a hit in the climactic football game.
* MeetCute: Harold and Peggy meeting over a {{crossword puzzle}} on the train.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: When Harold and Peggy try to figure out a "word for the one you love." on a crossword puzzle they begin listing them to one another. An innocent old woman hears them and assumes they're in love. This causes them to startle and for Harold to run away.
* PutMeInCoach: The coach finally has to put in Harold because he doesn't have any other men.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Or rather A [[CuteKitten Kitten]] in My Sweater, as Harold is attempting to give a speech.
* TestosteronePoisoning: The football coach is said to be so tough that he shaves with a blow-torch!
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Harold's coach demonstrates how to tackle someone by punching them in the face.

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