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Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular.
My streak of watching it least one movie a day for the entire 2014 year almost came to an end today.....but I managed to get not one but two Harold Lloyd movies in. Granted The Freshman was only 76 minutes long and Bumping Into Broadway was only 25 minutes long.
In the The Freshman, Lloyd plays an awkward new college student (interesting that Lloyd played a doctor three years earlier). He wants to be popular but almost all of his efforts backfire. This one does provide Lloyd with some interesting scenes. My favorites would be when he tries out for the football team. Instead of making the team he ends up as the tackling dummy and the water boy. I…
“Lloyd was outstanding even among the master craftsmen at setting up a gag clearly, culminating and getting out of it deftly, and linking it smoothly to the next. Harsh experience also taught him a deep and fundamental rule: never try to get “above” the audience.”
-James Agee, Comedy’s Greatest Era
Chaplin is a saint, Keaton a bit of a devil (at least according to the laws of physics). Lloyd is us. In The Freshman especially, all he is trying to do is fit in. Lloyd’s plots are broken up into sequences in the same way as Chaplin – you could mix and match scenes pretty easily without too much interruption of rhythm or flow – but within the scenes, he…
Part of my Roaring Twenties Project
Harold Lloyd stars as the new student Harold "Speedy" Lamb, who gets pranked mercilessly by the upperclassmen of Tate, "a large football stadium with a college attached." His only true friend is Peggy (Jobyna Ralston), who works as a clerk at the Tate Hotel while her mother runs the boarding house where he lodges.
To increase his popularity, Harold squanders money buying ice cream for classmates. Also, wanting to emulate the most popular student on campus, football captain Chet Trask (James Anderson), he tries out for the football team, where the Coach (Pat Harmon) turns him into a tackling dummy and the squad's water boy.
Harold decides to host the campus's annual Fall Frolics…
One nerdy College student, one old-fashioned Girl, a speech and a kitten, empty trails of ice cream cones, a real-life human dummy, a tiring football practice, a very ridiculous Fall Frolic, a laughable wardrobe malfunction, one big exciting game, and one heck of a truck load of a nightmarish embarrassment.
When it comes to Silent comedies, there are three big names: Charles Chaplin – primarily well-known as the “Little Tramp” character; Buster Keaton – often referred as the “Great Stone Face” whose masterpieces includes “Our Hospitality”, “Sherlock Jr.”, “The General” and “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”; and Harold Lloyd – the modern guy striving for success who astonishingly climbed up the facade of a twelve-story building and accidentally find himself on a…
As part of my Letterboxd Season Challenge
Less slapstick, more just silent rom-com, as it depends far more on situational comedy and hands down the sharpest use of intertitles Ive seen, than visual gags (although some set pieces, like the famous football game, are fantastic). This isnt a bad or a good thing, its still hilarious, sweet and highly entertaining, but ito. the never ending slapstick argument, Lloyd just didnt quite match Keaton or Chaplin's physical comedy for me (his spectacular Safety Last being a noteworthy exception). He was by far the most likable of the triad though and that made up for most. A great American underdog story.
This film is on the podium with City Lights and The General as my favorite silent comedies with my favorite being the one I’ve seen most recently. I only wish I’d seen it before I went off to college so I could have done this absurd jig handshake during Rush Week. One of the film's charms is that Harold's (and I suppose the film's) priorities so unapologetically out of whack and yet so true. Popularity and fun, not knowledge is what college is about. And both Harold and the film manage to pull it off. The two master stroke set pieces are when his tux falls to pieces at the Fall Frolic and when Harold goes from Boob to BMOC during one of the greatest football scenes ever filmed. The Criterion restored print is so perfect it almost looked fake. Like a digital b/w video. It's also something of a time capsule from the 1920s.
I now perceive that what held me back from college popularity was my lack of a salutatory jig.
If you can, get your hands on a Criterion edition of this. The score is sublime.
My love for Charlie Chaplin has made me hesitant to watch Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton's films out of this strange loyalty mostly but also fear that they'd either be funnier than Chaplin or not funny at all. Both those theories were wrong. It's probably unfair to compare, but no, Lloyd isn't as good as Chaplin. But he is funny as hell. I actually cried laughing during multiple scenes. I like Lloyd!
Its remarkable to think that in nearly 100 years that jokes about college haven't changed that much.
Film #6 of Silent Sunday Nights!
One of the more underrated comedies of the silent era, a film not quite as well known as Safety Last!, or even Speedy, is also one of the best!
It follows the story of Harold Lamb (har-de-har), as he tries to fit into the college lifestyle, make it onto the football team, and be the most popular man on campus.
It's quite entertaining, with Lloyd's typical everyman character shining all throughout the film, and with some fun gags and setpieces. It's not quite as stunt-heavy as Safety Last!, it's a much more subdued film, and even though it's not as fun as Safety Last!, it still offers up a good amount of chuckles.
This is yet another decent gateway into the world of silent cinema, and I recommend it! I'd also recommend going to a proper tailor for your tuxedos, a tailor who doesn't have dizzy spells.
Silent Sunday Nights Ranked!
Absolutely loved 90% of this film. I thought it dipped somewhat during the dance scene, but otherwise filled with fresh (for a 91 year old movie) physical comedy.
Another fun one from mr lloyd. I liked Speedy the best so far of the three criterion discs. Some great special features on the blu-ray.
UPDATED: August 26 2016
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