THE BOY FRIEND was a silent Hal Roach two-reel comedy with Max Davidson, Myron Byron, and "Wild Bill" Elliot. The script and shooting schedule for this film turned up on ebay.
Max, a bank clerk, gives his pretty daughter some money to buy shoes. At the shop she meets a handsome college student, who has holes in his socks. When she leaves the shop in anger, after finding a hole in her stockings too, she forgets her newly bought scanties. The college student - with only one shoe - follows her and gives her them. Max sees them from afar, noticing the bare foot. When she invites her new friend home, her parents decide to behave crazy to scare him away - going so far to claim being Mr and Mrs Caesar, before realizing that the young man is his boss' son. But by then he has already fled home, chased by two people clad in old Roman clothes claiming not to be Mr and Mrs Caesar, and a confused daughter...
Writer:Leo McCarey (story)
In the early 30's, Marion's regular screen assignments included the usual assortment of feisty maids, college girls, friends of the heroine, flappers and chorines, which were reserved for those deemed 'second leads'. Though stardom eluded her, she was briefly popular in lightweight comedies, notable examples being the Michael Curtiz-directed The Matrimonial Bed (1930) and Mervyn LeRoy's quirky Jewish farce The Heart of New York (1932) (which sported comic duo Smith & Dale as eccentric matchmakers 'Schnapps and Strudel'). Already by 1933, Marion's roles had diminished to uncredited bits and walk-ons. Her last film was as a nurse in Five of a Kind (1938), the story of the Dionne Quintuplets, scripted by her husband, the screenwriter Lou Breslow.
THE BOY FRIEND:
Wild Bill Elliott:
Special thanks to John Brezina Toth for mentioning this script.