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George Waggner (story)
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26 October 1933 (USA) See more »
A campus flirt who has been "pinned" by most of the boys of Sigma Chi fraternity falls for a no-nonsense athlete who doesn't have time for such diversions as women. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mary Carlisle ... Vivian

Buster Crabbe ... Bob North

Charles Starrett ... Morley

Florence Lake ... Dizzy
Eddie Tamblyn ... Harry
Sally Starr ... Madge
Mary Blackford ... Bunny

Tom Dugan ... Trainer (as Tommy Dugan)

Burr McIntosh ... Professor
Major Goodsell ... Coach

Grady Sutton ... Pledge

Purnell Pratt ... Doctor
Franklin Parker ... House Prexy
Ted Fio Rito ... Ted Fio Rito, Orchestra Leader (as Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra)

Leif Erickson ... Band Singer with Ted Fio Rito
Bill Carey ... Band Member

Betty Grable ... Band Singer with Ted Fio Rito
Muzzy Marcellino ... Band Member
Three Midshipmen ... Speciality Act
Blue Keys ... Speciality Act (as The Three Blue Keys)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy McDonald ... Three Midshipmen Member
David Ward ... Pledge

Lynton Brent ... Spectator (uncredited)
Bob Farrell ... Three Midshipmen Member (uncredited)
Jesse Hibbs ... Student (uncredited)
Robert Morrison ... Student (uncredited)

Gordon Oliver ... Student (uncredited)
Max Terrill ... Three Midshipmen Member (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Edwin L. Marin 
Writing credits
George Waggner (story)

Luther Reed (screenplay) and
Albert DeMond (screenplay) (as Albert E. DeMond)

Luther Reed (dialogue) and
Albert DeMond (dialogue) (as Albert E. DeMond)

Produced by
William T. Lackey .... producer
Original Music by
Edward Ward (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton 
Film Editing by
J. Edwin Robbins 
Sound Department
John Stransky Jr. .... sound engineer (as John A. Stransky Jr.)
Other crew
Eddie Prinz .... dance director

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Balsley and Phillips Recording System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Remade as Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946)See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A real sweetie from 1933, 11 September 2007
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

Here is a film I thought was lost; I just cannot believe I have managed to finally see it. I recently manged to get a very (visually) poor copy of a copy of a copy of a copy from a collector in the US for which I am very grateful. While the picture quality was watery at best, the obvious cuteness, pep and effervescence in this funny spunky university musical reached across 74 years to make me yearn for a good clear DVD copy. THE SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI is just lovely in its music, it's lively funny tone, and the fact that it is made during the depression to entertain and make sad audiences feel lively and happy. It also boasts enough pre code beefcake and fresh talent to have kept it in circulation for most of the 30s. Here is a film full of unknowns who became major stars within two years of its release: Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon), Charles Starratt who was to be The Durango Kid western star at Columbia for 17 years, + Betty Grable, about to appear in enough Astaire Rogers musicals to catapult her to heaven, Leif Ericson, and rising glamourpuss Mary Carsilse... and musical/orchestra favourite Ted Fio Rito. Also it is very well produced, with locations and sets/costumes that continually allow it to seem youthful, fashionable and alive. Basically it is about one girl who strings all the rowboat crew along, until handsome he man Buster falls for her and this pits him against rowing pals for affections and sees the big race in peril etc... Bustr Crabbe was an Olympic star from the Los Angeles meet of 1932 and instantly began to appear in films in 1933 when he was only 27. Has there ever been a more handsome man on screen in the 30s? His beefcake scenes in this is film (+ the Tarzan ones also made in '33 + as Flash Gordon in '36) gave him a reputation as the thinking man's sports filmstar. SIGMA CHI lets the shirtless scenes do the talking and I assume women would have yelled in delight right across America when this appeared. The musical numbers are charming... Grable even has a few, and the whole silly lovely sunny funny film is all over in 70 minutes. A good re release on DVD would be a great event indeed.... This again proves what a terrific young company Monogram was in '33 with an excellent looking and sounding lively film. The opening scenes presumably on 'the campus' look to be filmed in new Los Angeles streets with modern big homes supposedly as the campus houses; it allows the film to look modern and prosperous... then there is this great looking cast of 20 somethings in snazzy 30s styles who assemble and kick start the film to a delicious musical boost. It was re made in 1947 also by Monogram with the same title... and famous for a review that said "more bounce than a bad cheque"... well the original is so good that's no wonder! Welcome back SWEETHEART.

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