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Harold Lloyd in "The Freshman" -- silent comedy with live music by Jeff Rapsis

  • Sep 8, 2013 · 12:30 PM
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The Freshman is part of a monthy series of silent movies with Jeff Rapsis providing live music. The Buster Keaton silent comedy The General -- which I saw with this group last month -- was a big hit! I expect The Freshman to be just as much fun.

From the Turner Classic Movies website (by Paul Tatara):
In The Freshman, Harold Lloyd plays Harold Lamb, a bespectacled go-getter who heads off to college thinking his experiences will be just like the ones he saw in a college-based movie. . . . Unfortunately, reality intrudes, and Harold finds himself being laughed at by the other students. . . . Luckily, he gets a chance to set things straight, and even win the affection of the girl he loves (Jobyna Ralston), by starring in a climactic game that was partially filmed during a real contest at Pasadena's Rose Bowl!
. . . Lloyd broke the mold for screen comedians when, in 1917, he devised “the glasses character,” as he liked to call the protagonist of The Freshman and so many other films. Before Lloyd, popular comics wore overtly theatrical costumes and some form of outlandish makeup when working in films. Except for the glasses, Lloyd looked like any other Joe on the street. He was especially pleased that this allowed him to change the attitudes of his signature character from film to film, a stunt that even Keaton and Chaplin had trouble managing. By standing out less as a physical presence, Lloyd was capable of inhabiting a somewhat broader range of roles than his illustrious peers.
Directors: Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Producer: Harold Lloyd
Cast: Harold Lloyd (The Freshman), Jobyna Ralston (Peggy), Brooks Benedict (The College Cad), James Anderson (The College Hero), Hazel Keener (The College Belle), Joseph Harrington (The College Tailor), Pat Harmon (The Football Coach)
Running time: 76 minutes
Original release date: September 20, 1925

Tickets are $15.00. They can be purchased one week in advance at the box office and online (for a $1.00 fee) right now. To purchase tickets online, click here. Don't forget to choose the correct date.

I purchased my ticket for the 1:00 p.m. show. I will arrive at the theater by 12:30 p.m. to meet everyone in the theater lobby. Look for me carrying a red backpack. The lobby and the front of the theater are small connected spaces; you will have no trouble spotting that red backpack.

At about 12:45, I will move into the theater auditorium so we can get seats. You can find me in the theater auditorium if you are late. The movie starts at 1:00 p.m.

After the movie, I will wait in the theater lobby to gather everyone. Look for the red backpack.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend this event so I know who to look for.


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  • Pat

    Thoroughly enjoyable movie with good food and conversation at Mr. Crepe afterwards. Thanks for hosting this event, Marianne!

    September 8, 2013

  • Marianne

    Wonderful movie and music. Great company and conversation at Mister Crepe. Thanks so much for coming.

    September 8, 2013

  • faith g.

    Sorry, but I.don't think I will! instead, but if.I.can, I'll be there!

    September 8, 2013

  • Marianne

    Don't forget to look for the red backpack. I'll be wearing a white shirt with navy blue stripes.

    September 8, 2013

  • Marianne

    Jeff Rapsis has updated his blog with more information about Harold Lloyd, "The Freshman," and his approach to accompanying the film:

    Should be a great show on Sunday!

    September 3, 2013

  • faith g.

    This time I wanna make it!!

    August 21, 2013

  • Julie B.

    After seeing Buster Keaton's "The General" last month with this group, I'm sorry I'm going to be missing this as I am out of town. Enjoy, everyone!

    August 20, 2013

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