Series: Vanity Fair Girls w/Eddie Boland

Director: Nicholas T. Barrows
Producer: Hal Roach

Stars: Eddie Boland, Norma Nichols, Ethel Broadhurst, Harold Adkins
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 26 December 1920
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: C-7
Filming dates: October 4-23, 1920
Rating: 2/10

Greek Meets Greek

Eddie Boland is a scholar of Greek philosophy and is in his study when the butler interrupts him with a message. In the next room his sister (Ethel Broadhurst) has her friends over and are making a lot of noise. The professor flips and confronts them all and resorts to mocking them with "you dress like peacocks and dance like turkeys." The sister gathers the girls and proposes to "cure him or wreck him". The six women then begin to devise their plan and dress up in clothing to represent them as Greek slaves and insist the professor has to give up his telephone, electric lights and his flannels so as to make it appear authentic. To add insult to his misery, he wakes up later to find a rock in place of his pillow. The humiliation continues with a Grecian-style breakfast before the professor writes a letter to Socrates (listed below in the intertitles but damned if I can read it!) and gives it to the girls to deliver it. Of course they read it and hire a fellow Greek professor (Bob O'Conor) to come over to the house and pose as "old man Socrates (whoever he was)."
As the girls dance on the lawn, the two men converse, but the newly-hired professor protests that the dance is too modern. He engages with one of the girls and performs the "Pollywog wiggle". Boland takes over but his style of dancing is rubbish - pretty much like the whole film. The new professor sits and tells the other of how old philospohers Ginfizzo and Jazzbo used to gamble and how he sat up all night playing 'coon-can' and rolling the bones". Everybody then starts dancing around on the lawn until the professor falls down. The girls run off, satisfied they have cured him. My god, if you thought this review was hard to read you should try sitting through the film!

Favourite bit
In this awfully dire ten minutes the only thing that interested me was wondering how shapely this actresses breasts were.

Copyrighted March 9, 1921.
Also listed for December 12, 1920 - which may be more accurate, given that another film from this series, The Sleepy Head, was released on December 29, 1920.
There are six Greek goddesses - known as The Vanity Fair Girls.

My opinion
Absolutely one of the most bland, dullest pieces of silent crap I have ever had to sit through. Awful doesn't quite cover it.

Eddie Boland
Mr Xenophon Socrates O'Brien
Norma Nichols
O'Brien's sister
Ethel Broadhurst
Greek goddess
Harold Adkins
Dagmar Dahlgren
Greek goddess
Irene Dale
Greek goddess
Jean Hope
Greek goddess
Dolores Johnson
Greek goddess
Bob O'Conor
Professor de Jardiniere
Chris Lynton
Lilymae Wilkinson
Greek goddess

CREDITS (click image to enlarge) INTERTITLES (click image to enlarge)

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Jesse Brisson (information; identification of Chris Lynton, Jean Hope and Lilymae Wilkinson)

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