The Fair Co-Ed

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The Fair Co-Ed
Poster - Fair Co-Ed, The 01.jpg
Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by Irving Thalberg
Sam Wood
William Randolph Hearst
Written by Byron Morgan (scenario)
Joseph Farnham (intertitles)
Based on The Fair Co-Ed
by George Ade
Starring Marion Davies
Cinematography John Seitz
Edited by Conrad Nervig
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 15, 1927 (1927-10-15)
Running time
70 minutes (7 reels)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget $347,000[1]

The Fair Co-Ed (1927), also known as The Varsity Girl, is a silent film comedy starring Marion Davies and released through MGM. The film was produced by William Randolph Hearst, through Cosmopolitan Productions and directed by Sam Wood.

The film is based on a 1909 play/musical comedy The Fair Co-Ed by George Ade which starred a young Elsie Janis, and opened on Broadway on February 1, 1909.[2]

The film survives today, supposedly in the MGM/UA archives, now controlled by Warner Brothers.[3]


Marion Bright enrolls in college to pursue a handsome young man, Bob, only to discover that he is coach of the women's basketball team there. Marion joins the team and becomes its star player, but becomes unpopular when she refuses to play a game after a disagreement with Bob. Happily for all, she has a change of heart and returns in time to help the team win the big game.



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