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Phil-for-Short (1919)

A feisty, independent young woman, Damophilia Illington ("Phil" for short, hence the title), the daughter of a progressive university professor, is devastated by the sudden death of her ... See full summary »


Oscar Apfel


Clara Beranger (scenario) (as Clara S. Beranger), Forrest Halsey (scenario)


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Cast overview:
Evelyn Greeley ... Damophilia Illington
Charles Walcott Charles Walcott ... Professor Illington
James A. Furey James A. Furey ... Pat Mehan
Jack Drumier ... Donald MacWrath
Ann Eggleston Ann Eggleston ... Eliza MacWrath (as Ann Egelston)
Hugh Thompson ... John Alden
Henrietta Simpson Henrietta Simpson ... Mrs. Alden
Charles Duncan Charles Duncan ... Mr. Alden
Ethel Grey Terry ... Angelica Wenworth
Edward Arnold ... Tom Wentworth
John Ardizoni John Ardizoni ... Ivanovitch (as Johnn Adrizani)
Tony Merlo Tony Merlo ... Clifford Brown
Florence Short Florence Short ... Prudence
Henry Hallam ... College President


A feisty, independent young woman, Damophilia Illington ("Phil" for short, hence the title), the daughter of a progressive university professor, is devastated by the sudden death of her father. The town's banker, an arrogant stuffed shirt, wants to marry Phil and has himself declared her guardian. Not wanting to marry him, she quickly leaves town and lands a job at a nearby university as an assistant to a professor of Greek literature (an area in which her father trained her) who is bitter and resentful after the breakup of his engagement to a woman who, it turned out, had been lying to him. "Phil", however, is determined to win him over. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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That's what they call her-Phil for short. She liked it, too. Anyone would like such a nickname better than the regular name her folks wished on her before she got a chance to protest. Don't miss seeing Phil and her experiences on the screen. (Print Ad- Cambridge Times, ((Cambridge Ohio)) 10 September 1919)







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2 June 1919 (USA) See more »

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Mariage blanc See more »

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World Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Spirited Tomboy Charms Hard-Nosed Greek Professor
6 September 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Damophilia or "Phil" for short is a modern girl who works the farm, wears boys clothes, and likes to perform a Greek dance dressed in toga and bare feet, much to the shock of local aging busybodies who think her attire too revealing. One of these busybodies, an old man who is a bit of a lecher it seems, makes an offer to her father on his death bed to take care of Phil by "marrying her". Instead he becomes her legal guardian by adopting her, but she soon dresses as a boy and runs away from home where she meets a young Greek professor on the road who thinks she is male. Then dressed as Damophilia, twin sister of Phil the boy, she gets hired as his assistant based on her knowledge of Greek taught to her by her father, a well known Greek professor himself. She is mighty interested in our young professor but it seems he has been burned once too often by women and is under the impression that no woman can be trusted and women are always out to make a man seem a fool - how will plucky Phil win him over?

This is a completely enjoyable film, I think Evelyn Greeley, who plays the part of Phil, is really charming and fun to watch in this - the acting quality as a whole is very good here. I also found the couple of scenes with Phil and some of her female "students" performing Greek dances interesting to watch. I actually would have liked to have seen a little more of the cross-dressing, duel brother/sister mix-up - there's more I think they could have done with this whole plot idea than they do. Still, this film is loads of fun and well worth seeing.

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