VAMPING VENUS was filmed on the same sets used by German actress Maria Cordia in THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HELEN OF TROY. The story has a fantasy sequence where Charles Murray is hit over the head in a night club and dreams of being in ancient Greece, where all the others in the Nightclub are with him as Venus ( Thelma Todd ), Hercules ( Joe Bonomo ), and other fabulous characters from mythology.
|Edward F. Cline||(as Eddie Cline)|
|Howard J. Green||adaptation|
Cast (in credits order)
|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||...||Pete Papaglos / Bacchus|
|Joe Bonomo||...||Simonides the Strongman / Hercules|
|Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams||...||Mars (as Big Boy Williams)|
|Spec O'Donnell||...||Western Union Boy / Mercury|
|Gusztáv Pártos||...||Shopkeeper (as Gus Partos)|
|Gustav von Seyffertitz||...||Jupiter|
|rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|Robert Livingston||...||Soldier (unconfirmed)|
|Cammilla Johnson||...||Little Girl (uncredited)|
|Devereaux Jennings||(as Dev Jennings)|
|Richard A. Rowland||....||presenter|
The American Venus (1926) is an American feature film directed by Frank Tuttle, and starring Esther Ralston, Ford Sterling, Edna May Oliver, Lawrence Gray, Fay Lanphier, Louise Brooks, Kenneth MacKenna, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and released by Paramount Pictures. Brooks appears, in her first credited role as 'Miss Bayport'. Lanphier was crowned Miss America in 1925.
This film is now considered a lost film, with two trailers and two short segments in Technicolor surviving in the Library of Congress collection. The film was made at Paramount's Astoria Studios in New York City, and the title cards were co-written by Robert Benchley.
|Robert Benchley||titles (uncredited)|
Cast (in credits order)
|Esther Ralston||...||Mary Gray|
|Lawrence Gray||...||Chip Armstrong|
|Ford Sterling||...||Hugo Niles|
|Fay Lanphier||...||Miss Alabama|
|Louise Brooks||...||Miss Bayport|
|Edna May Oliver||...||Mrs. Niles|
|Kenneth MacKenna||...||Horace Niles|
|William B. Mack||...||John Gray|
|George De Carlton||...||Sam Lorber|
|Ernest Torrence||...||King Neptune|
|Douglas Fairbanks Jr.||...||Triton|
|J. Roy Hunt|
|Frederick A. Foord|
|Jesse L. Lasky||....||presenter|
Film frame from the movie. It is said that this is Fay Lanphier.
The table gives a different set of measurements for a different statue of Venus, which are still similar.
Special Thanks to my brother Dale for his assistance, including the graph he made from the chart in
Watch the trailer for THE AMERICAN VENUS