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Credited cast:
Nancy Carroll ... Barbara Pell
Helen Kane ... Helen Fry
Stanley Smith ... Biff Bentley
Jack Oakie ... Tap-Tap Thompson
William Austin ... Prof. Willow
Stuart Erwin ... Axel Bronstrup
Joseph Depew Joseph Depew ... Freddie Fry
Wallace MacDonald ... The Coach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Mathews


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Co-ed beauties making whoopee. Catchy song hits. New dances. And the "Boop-Boopa-Boop" girl, Helen Kane, cooing romance. You'll roll off your seat laughing. (Print Ad- St. Paris News-Dispatch,((St. Paris, Ohio)) 14 November 1929)


Musical | Romance







Release Date:

2 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queridinha See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sheet music from this movie can be seen propped up on a piano in the 1947 Columbia short OUT WEST starring The Three Stooges. See more »


Remake of The Charm School (1921) See more »


Prep Step
Music by Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
Lyrics by George Marion Jr.
Sung by Helen Kane
Danced by Jack Oakie and chorus
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Alma Mammy
3 August 2010 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Cute early musical starring Nancy Carroll as a chorus girl who inherits a men's college where her ex-boyfriend (Stanley Smith) is a star football player. She tries to sabotage his career until she gets school spirit. An original musical for the screen, SWEETIE boasts a good cast and some solid tunes.

Helen Kane co-stars as the troublemaking Helen who boop-a-doops through "He's So Unusual" and does a mean "Pep Step" with Jack Oakie, a brash hoofer who follows Carroll to college and enrolls. William Austin is the silly college dean, and Stu Erwin is a dumb-blond football player who is usually the target of Kane's pop gun.

Carroll and Smith sing a few songs, but it's Oakie's "Alma Mammy" that flows through the film as a theme song after Oakie is told that alma mater is Latin for dear mother, which he converts into a Jolson-like MAMMY song.

Nancy Carroll was Paramount's top musical star in early talkies, and she's stunning, but this film belongs to Helen Kane and Jack Oakie.

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