The Campus Vamp

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The Campus Vamp
Directed by Harry Edwards
Written by Ewart Adamson (writer)
Carl Harbaugh (writer)
Jefferson Moffitt (writer)
Earle Rodney (writer)
Maurice Stevens (titles)
Dan Thomas (titles)
James J. Tynan (writer)
Starring Daphne Pollard
Sally Eilers
Carole Lombard
Cinematography Fred Dawson
Edited by William Hornbeck
Distributed by Mack Sennett Comedies
Release date
  • September 23, 1928 (1928-09-23)
Country United States
Language English Intertitles

The Campus Vamp (1928) is a silent comedy short starring Daphne Pollard and Johnny Burke. "This early Mack Sennett comedy features a young Carole Lombard as well as the early two color Technicolor film " [1] - for a beach sequence including a game of beach baseball.

The film starts with a very short colour sequence of several bathing beauties waving to camera.

We are told we are in Beverly College. Two intellectuals, Matty and Sally are studying, meanwhile Carole is driving around with a group of friends having fun.

The comedy begins with Barney Benson, whom we are told was hoping to work his way through college, who is cleaning rooms in the college with his girlfriend Dora. They see Matty flirting with Carole much to the annoyance of Sally, whose room they are cleaning. The female Dean inspects Barney and Dora's work. they try to look busy. Barney is compared to Buster Brown, a comic-strip character of the times. Dora gets flattened between the bed springs and the mattress by Barney who is not paying attention to where she is. Barney an Dora give Sally tips and show her how they neck in their auto... a mime ensues. They then mime boating on the river but are interrupted by the Dean who takes Dora away to tidy away a pile of large books.

We cut to the dance. Matty is dancing with carole and Sally looks on sadly. Barney appears, dressed at his best and talks to Sally. He asks her to dance and she accepts. They retire from the dance-floor after a large girl steps on Barney's foot. His shoe splits at the sole and he creates a makeshift repair. Sally watches Carole showing off her flapper dress and doing the Charleston in front of Matty. The fat girl returns picks up the entire pile of straws and drinks all the punch. Dora goes to refill the punch-bowl, giving Barney a huge lump of ice to hold. It melts and makes it look like he has wet his trousers, and he slopes off. Dora returns and tries to sit sally on Matty's lap and make them kiss. But he sits on the wet patch left by Barney and jumps up. Sally thinks it is due to her. Carole takes advantage and jumps on his lap instead.

We jump to the beach and the film jumps to colour. The students are playing baseball. Barney is the umpire. Sally helps to win the match and at last kisses Matty. Dora and Barney cuddle and have their own kiss.



The film makes an early reference to Listerine.


  1. ^ Sleeve notes - Harold Lloyd & Friends DVD Starlite Digital 2009

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