The Campus Vamp (November 25, 1928)
Released on November 25, 1928: Campus vamp Carole tries to take big man on campus Matty away from his girlfriend Sally.
Produced by Mack Sennett
Directed by Harry Edwards
Written by Eward Adamson, Carl Harbaugh, Jefferson Moffitt, Earl Rodney, Maurice Stevens, Dan Thomas and James J. Tynan
The Actors: Carole Lombard (Carole), Daphne Pollard (Dora), Sally Eilers (Sally), Johnny Burke (Barney Benson), Matty Kemp (Matty), Alice Ward (the Dean), Jack Cooper (handyman), Leota Winters (Sennett bathing girl), Kathryn Stanley (Sennett bathing girl), Lucille Miller (Sennett bathing girl), Anita Barnes (Sennett bathing girl), Mary Wiggins (college student)
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Carole Lombard is generally recognized as the creator of the screwball comedy dumb blonde in the movie My Man Godfrey with her ex-husband William Powell in 1936. This wasn't her first experience with comedy, in fact much of her early work was with comedy movie producer Mack Sennett, the creator of the Keystone Cops and producer of movies featuring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and other actors who helped define comedy on screen. In this silent comedy short Carole Lombard is the College Vamp . . . the wild and uninhibited blonde college girl who has her sights set on BMOC (big man on campus) Matty Kemp. Matty just 'pinned' his brunette girlfriend and Latin tutor Sally, but when Carole smiles and calls him away from Sally all Matty can see is 'blonde fun' . . . . sigh . . . . guys can be manipulated by a pretty face so easily . . . . Anyway, the battle is on between blonde Carole and dejected Sally. I've been watching old movies on television since I was old enough to sit up, but my experience with silent films did not begin until I began building this web site. I am often amazed, and particularly so in this movie, at the ability of some actors to tell a story . . . literally put words in my head . . . with only facial expressions. Johnny Burke, playing the college student working his way through college amazed me in the scene where he caused baby powder to be sprayed over his girlfriend Dora and then help clean her up and then be amused, afraid, ashamed, and more as Dora stares bullets at him. Wow . . . true acting talent that is often unique to silent stories. Although text screens are used to fill in basic details, I could have understood and enjoyed the story without any words at all . . . the true genius to great silent motion pictures. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Carole Lombard dancing with Matty Kemp
Carole Lombard shares her ice cream cone with Matty Kemp
Daphne Pollard and Johnny Burke
Daphne Pollard advises Sally Eilers on the ways of love
Johnny Burke and Daphne Pollard
Johnny Burke gets slapped by Daphne Pollard
Johnny Burke, Sally Eilers, Daphne Pollard and Alice Ward
Johnny Burke at the campus dance
Matty Kemp and Sally Eilers
Sally Eilers and Matty Kemp at the beach
Sally Eilers and Matty Kemp
Sally Eilers at the dance
Sally Eilers dances with Johnny Burke
Sally Eilers and Johnny Burke
Sally Eilers and Matty Kemp