The Freshmen with musical accompaniment by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra comes to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival on June 1 at 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre. Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit stars Lloyd as Harold Lamb, a college freshman who dreams of being a big man on campus and gets advice from pamphlets such as Clever College Clothes and How to Play Football. A disastrous tryout lands him a spot on the football team as a human tackling dummy before he becomes the team’s water boy. But Harold holds on to his dreams, aided by his sweetheart, Peggy (Jobyna Ralston). The Freshman’s climactic football game was filmed at UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium!
Harold Lloyd most hilarious, and was his most successful silent film of the 1920s
Hugely popular at the time of its release, it sparked a craze for college films that lasted well beyond the 1920s. It was one of Lloyd’s few films to remain widely available after the sound era, and he reissued the film (with cuts) and used extended scenes in compilation films of the 1960s. The football game sequence was reused by Lloyd and director Preston Sturges in Lloyd’s last film.
The Freshmen was shot on the field at the Rose Bowl
The crowd scenes were shot at halftime at California Memorial Stadium during the November 1924 Big Game between UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Harold is determined to prove himself by getting into the big football game. His chance comes when the other team proves too tough, injuring so many of Tate College’s players that the coach runs out of substitutes.
Harold is persuaded to host the annual “Fall Frolic” dance.
His tailor is late making his suit; with the dance well underway, it is barely being held together by basting stitches. Harold puts it on and hopes for the best. During the party, his clothes start to fall apart, despite the efforts of the tailor (hiding in a side room) to effect repairs.
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