The College Boob (1926)

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Former football star Maurice B. "Lefty" Flynn is well cast as -- what else? -- a college football player in this romantic comedy. Ally Appleby (Flynn) is a country boy headed for the college campus, courtesy of his Aunt Polly (Dorothy Walbert) and Uncle Lish (Will Mallen). They're financing his education providing that he stay away from sports. Before his train even arrives at its destination, he earns the enmity of senior Horatio Winston (Jimmy Anderson). Winston is determined to make Appleby into the college boob and his plan is working until pretty coed Angel Boothby (a very young and fresh Jean Arthur) reveals the plot. Appleby, no longer willing to play the fool, gives the other students a thrashing. His impressive performance is seen by the football coach, who asks him to try out for the team. Appleby makes a name for himself on the field -- until his aunt and uncle hear about it and threaten to cut off his funds. Angel, desperate to help Appleby, asks his relatives to come down and listen to an explanation. They do, just in time for Appleby to win the big game -- and the girl.