The Fair Co-Ed
Directed bySam Wood
Written byByron Morgan (scenario)
Joseph Farnham (intertitles)
Based onThe Fair Co-Ed
by George Ade
Produced byIrving Thalberg
Sam Wood
William Randolph Hearst
StarringMarion Davies
CinematographyJohn Seitz
Edited byConrad Nervig
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 15, 1927 (1927-10-15)
Running time
70 minutes (7 reels)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Fair Co-Ed, also known as The Varsity Girl, is a 1927 American silent film comedy starring Marion Davies and released through MGM. The film was produced by William Randolph Hearst, through Cosmopolitan Productions and directed by Sam Wood.

The film is based on a 1909 play/musical comedy The Fair Co-Ed by George Ade which starred a young Elsie Janis, and opened on Broadway on February 1, 1909.[2]

The film survives today, supposedly in the MGM/UA archives, now controlled by Warner Brothers.[3]


The full film.

Marion Bright enrolls in college to pursue a handsome young man, Bob, only to discover that he is coach of the women's basketball team there. Marion joins the team and becomes its star player, but becomes unpopular when she refuses to play a game after a disagreement with Bob. Happily for all, she has a change of heart and returns in time to help the team win the big game.



Poster advertising the film playing in Concord, New Hampshire

In her 25th film, Marion Davies starred as a madcap college student with a yen for the basketball coach Johnny Mack Brown. William Randolph Hearst always disliked this film and disliked director Sam Wood. Hearst always referred to this film as "that cheap-looking comedy" that went for "yap laughs." But laughs there were as Davies joins the college basketball team to be near Brown and to spite her rival (Jane Winton). Davies races back and forth on basketball courts, zooms about in jalopies, and even climbs a tree in this one. One of the highlights in the shooting of this film was when Charles Lindbergh visited the set. Davies was his favorite movie star. This was another box-office hit for Davies.[5]


See also


  1. ^ Slide, Anthony. Silent Topics: Essays on Undocumented Areas of Silent Film. Scarecrow Press. p 26
  2. ^ The Fair Co-ed as produced on Broadway at the Knickerbocker Theatre, February 1, 1909 - April 25, 1909; and the Criterion Theatre April 26, 1909 to May 29, 1909;
  3. ^ The Fair Co-Ed at
  4. ^ Ph.D, Fran Becque (March 28, 2019). "Lillian Copeland, Alpha Epsilon Phi, #NotableSororityWomen, #WHM2019".
  5. ^ Lorusso, Edward (2017) The Silent Films of Marion Davies, CreateSpace, pp. 137-138.