Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes (1926)

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This average two-reel comedy with James Finlayson is notable for a couple of reasons -- it's Stan Laurel's last billed film as director (he went back to acting, eventually teaming up with Oliver Hardy), and it's the only silent screen appearance of Ted Healy, a well-known vaudevillian whose partners on-stage were a trio of lunkheads who would later become known as the Three Stooges. This picture is part of Hal Roach's "All Star" series, which really should have been called "Former Star," because it featured silent stars who were past their prime. The fading star in this case is Helene Chadwick, who plays a coed at Pinkham University who runs a shop selling sexy gowns. The dean (Finlayson) believes that Helene's shop is the cause for the campus' lack of discipline and wants to have her expelled. Meanwhile, Napoleon Fizz, an "11-year freshman" (Healy), has been working on a rejuvenating plaster. He and Helene decide to use the stuff on the dean. It works, and the dean turns into the campus Romeo. Helene and Napoleon usher the dean into a compromising situation at a girls' sorority house, and he's emerging from the plaster's effects just as the university's president (Burr McIntosh) shows up.