Vamping Venus (1928)

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


Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)


Howard J. Green (adaptation), Bernard McConville (story) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Charles Murray ... Michael Cassidy / King Cassidy of Ireland (as Charlie Murray)
Louise Fazenda ... Maggie Cassidy / Circe
Thelma Todd ... Madame Vanezlos the Dancer / Venus
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Pete Papaglos / Bacchus
Joe Bonomo Joe Bonomo ... Simonides the Strongman / Hercules
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mars (as Big Boy Williams)
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Western Union Boy / Mercury
Fred O'Beck Fred O'Beck ... Vulcan
Gusztáv Pártos Gusztáv Pártos ... Shopkeeper (as Gus Partos)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Jupiter
Janet MacLeod Janet MacLeod ... Juno
Yola d'Avril ... Stenographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Livingston ... 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) »


DARINGLY DIFFERENT (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

13 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nos Braços de Venus See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

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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