The Relay (January 31, 1927)
Released on January 31, 1927: The Calford College Freshmen and Sophomores compete with the winner ruling the losers for 24 hours of fun and frolic.
Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.
Directed by Wesley Ruggles
Written by Carl Laemmle Jr., Gardner Bradvord and George H. Plympton
The Actors: George J. Lewis (Ed Benson, Frosh star), Eddie Phillips (Don Trent, Soph star), Dorothy Gulliver (Jane Maxwell, Frosh runner), Churchill Ross (Doc Webster), Hayden Stevenson (Coach Jones), Sally Blane (Betty Jane, Soph runner), Andy Devine (sophomore), Robert Livingston (freshman)
Papa was a preacher and during my time at home we lived in three different towns. I attended high school in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and my 'partner in crime' was Bill Saxman, a boy with as much mischief in his spirit as I had in mine. In those days the little three story school building housed first grade at one end and high school at the other end. There were twenty five besides myself in the class of 1969, and our class color was blue . . . Why do I mention that our class color was blue? . . .Well, because it got Bill and myself in trouble with the school, and a black mark was added to our much feared 'permanent record' . . . In those days there was a particular telephone pole outside the building with several hundred coats of paint covering the bottom 6 feet of the pole. It was the custom of each class to choose a class color, and it was the custom of the junior and senior classes to paint the pole their color in competition with each other. During my junior year a couple of our boys had painted the pole deep blue one night, but the next morning in school Bill and I peered out the Social Studies classroom window and discovered in shock that after our boys had painted the pole blue, some seniors discovered it before morning and painted their color over top of our deep blue . . . well . . . Bill and I couldn't let that stand, so later that morning when we were in charge of monitoring the outside recess for the second grade kids as part of our participation in the FTA club (Future Teachers of America) we decided to take the kids on a walk in the sunshine around the building . . . making our way past my car which just happened to have a can of blue paint and a couple of brushes in it. Bill and I grabbed the paint and brushes and marched the curious kids around to the pole, where we had the kids form a circle around us to hide our painting activities, and then we marched the kids around the rest of the school and back to the playground area. I remember that the school principal noticed our walk with the kiddies and complemented us on our originality in taking the kids for a walk . . . but our joy didn't last long as a while later Bill and I were called to the principal's office and sternly lectured for our antics and unceremoniously kicked out of the FTA club. As long as youngsters are gathered together in schools I think there will be good-hearted mischief, and this silent short is about the Soph-Frosh competition at Calford College. The Sophomores are challenging the Freshmen to an athletic match, and the losing class must obey the whims of the winning class for 24 hours after the match. The girls' relay race will be the deciding match, and as it happens the lowly Freshmen girls beat the Sophomore girls, and the Freshmen get to rule for the next 24 hours. That would be the end of it but the Sophomores have a scheme of their own that will turn the next hours into a riotous battle of wits and folly that will end as all school mischief should end . . . in good-hearted friendship. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Dorothy Gulliver and George J. Lewis at the party
Dorothy Gulliver and George J. Lewis
Doroty Gulliver races Sally Blane
The freshmen class piled onto a car
George J. Lewis and Churchill Ross
George J. Lewis and Dorothy Gulliver accused of having booze
George J. Lewis
Sally Blane and Dorothy Gulliver
Sally Blane and Dorothy Gulliver
Sally Blane and Eddie Phillips at the dance
Sally Blane as Miss Fortune
Sally Blane winks at her scheming partner
Sally Blane in 1927