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Vamping Venus (1928)

A present-day stereotypically-Irish American politician ('Charlie Murray') is vaulted into ancient Greece after receiving a bump on the head.


(as Eddie Cline)


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Credited cast:
Michael Cassidy / King Cassidy of Ireland (as Charlie Murray)
Maggie Cassidy / Circe
Russ Powell ...
Pete Papaglos / Bacchus
Joe Bonomo ...
Simonides the Strongman / Hercules
Mars (as Big Boy Williams)
Spec O'Donnell ...
Western Union Boy / Mercury
Fred O'Beck ...
Gusztáv Pártos ...
Shopkeeper (as Gus Partos)
Janet MacLeod ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Soldier (unconfirmed)


There's real scope for imagination if the film comedy field, and "Vamping Venus," a laugh-fest at the Ritz Theatre, take advantage of it. Imagine starting the story in New York in 1928, and going back for most of the action to Greece in the days of Mars and all the other gods-- and goddeamon. Charlie Murray and Louise Fazenda head a great cast, in this refreshing new comedy from First National Pictures, and Thelma Todd, in the Grecian episodex is "Venus." There are giggles, chuckles and guffaws galore in the New York scenes, but laughter gets really hysterical in the Greek period. Murray goes to a night club to escape his nagging wife, and gets a rap on the head which precipitates him right into the middle of Old Greece. There he meets all the characters of the New York days in different roles; the wife, for instance, is Circe! And of course, with his knowledge of modern inventions and politics, he becomes dicintor of the land, wages war, wins Venus-- and comes to New York, with ...

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ancient greece | lost film | See All (2) »


Years ahead of anything you've ever seen on the screen. A million dollar comedy that took months to make. Gigantic sets! Tremendous crowds! Beautiful girls! Glittering spectacles! All in the name of farce! Don't miss this sensational comedy. It may be years before you'll see anything like it again! See more »


Comedy | Drama




Release Date:

13 May 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nos Braços de Venus  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was a huge boon to Thelma Todd's career. First National signed her to a contract after the film was completed. See more »


Remade as Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) See more »

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