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The Making of 'Incoming Freshmen'

BACK IN BUSINESS: Glenn Morgan, Eric Lewald. and Bill Nation in 1986 at the opening of their first business.

BACK IN BUSINESS: Glenn Morgan, Eric Lewald. and Bill Nation in 1986 at the opening of their first business.

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  • The first day of shooting in the fall of 1976.
  • Local media personality Carl Warner played a professor, but his role was doomed when he couldn’t make it to New York for Cannon’s reshoots.
  • Moon and Lewald.
  • Shooting on the UT campus didn’t exactly involve getting permission beforehand.
  • Mary Moon and Eric Lewald, who also co-directed.
  • Greve Hall on the UT campus makes a cameo.
  • Morgan and Lewald confer.
  • All that’s left of the original film stock after Cannon’s edit involved scenes shot from the vantage point of a Ducati.
  • Co-director Glenn Morgan and actress Leslie Blalock rehearse.
  • World Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Incoming Freshman did actually appear on movie screens, including Knoxville’s Twin-Aire drive-in.
  • BACK IN BUSINESS: Glenn Morgan, Eric Lewald. and Bill Nation in 1986 at the opening of their first business.
  • They later started their own Ducati dealership in Los Angeles, Pro Italia, and take road trips together.
  • LONG STRANGE, TRIP: Glenn Morgan, on a recent visit to Happy Holler; 36 years ago, he and other University of Tennessee students made the accidental T&A epic, Incoming Freshman. The original version will be screened at Relix Variety Theatre.

Production photos from the making of the 1977 drive-in movie shot on the University of Tennessee campus. Most photos (probably) by Jed Dekalb.

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