#SatMat & #WarBonds’ special Live Tweet movie for Sun., Feb. 7: Harold Lloyd’s THE FRESHMAN (1925)


Contrary to popular belief, there are a few people in America who are interested in other things (such as movies, perhaps) besides the Super Bowl. Count me among them.

Nevertheless, I felt I had to exploit Sunday’s football mania somehow. So I have joined forces with another Twitter.com Live Tweet named #WarBonds, hosted by a nice fellow named Shane. #WarBonds generally Tweets movies from the World War II era, although occasionally Shane dabbles in silent film as well.

So what more appropriate movie to Tweet as Sunday’s “pre-game show” than Harold Lloyd’s silent comedy classic The Freshman? In it, Lloyd plays Harold Lamb, a naive young man going off to college. Harold thinks he can become popular by aping the cliches of his movie idol, The College Hero, which eventually results in Harold becoming the unwitting joke of the campus. D’ya Harold can turn things around by the time of the big football game?

The movie’s premise sounds as silly as that of The College Hero, but if you give yourself over to it, The Freshman is just as rousing as it was 90 (!) years ago. To keep things matinee-style, we’re prefacing the movie with a cartoon, Popeye’s Ya Gotta Be a Football Hero (1935).

So join us at the 50-yard line, er, Twitter.com this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. EST, and use the hashtags #SatMat #WarBonds to comment along with the movie!