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Words and Music (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Music | 18 August 1929 (USA)
Phil and Pete compete for Mary's love and also in a contest for best song written by a college student.


James Tinling


Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story), Jack McEdwards (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lois Moran ... Mary Brown
Tom Patricola ... Hannibal
David Percy David Percy ... Phil Denning
Helen Twelvetrees ... Dorothy Blake
Frank Albertson ... Skeet Mulroy
Elizabeth Patterson ... Dean Crockett
John Wayne ... Pete Donahue (as Duke Morrison)
William Orlamond ... Pop Evans
Biltmore Quartette Biltmore Quartette ... Quartette
Collier Sisters Collier Sisters ... Singing Sisters
Bubbles Crowell Bubbles Crowell ... Bubbles
Vina Gale Vina Gale ... Adagio Dancer
Muriel Gardner Muriel Gardner ... Ensemble Member
Harriet Griffith Harriet Griffith ... Adagio Dancer
John Griffith John Griffith ... Adagio Dancer


On the campus of Darnell University, fraternity brothers Phill Denning (David Percy) and Pete Donahue (John Waye) are competing to have campus sweetheart Mary Brown (Lois Moran) lead their musical numbers in the college's annual revue in order to collect the money award for the best-written words and music. The talented Paul, along with his friend Skeet (Frank Alberston) put their skills to work developing a routine in which Mary would would have the leading female role and Phil would be the leading man. Mary, with an affection for both Phil and Pete, complies with both requests to be the lead female. But in this academic musical Garden of Eden there is a serpent, the temptress Dorothy Blake who has her designs on Phil. When Mary gets involved in a practical joke directed at the strait-laced Dean of Women, Dean Crockett (Elizabeth Patterson), To keep her silence , Dorothy demands the lead in Phil's play. To keep his sweetheart out of trouble, the dejected Phil hands over his song "Too... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Frat Boys and Sorority Girls in a Rollicking Rumpus on the Campus (Print Ad- Sunday Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 7 September 1929) See more »


Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

18 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fox Revyen Words and Music See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (one version)| Silent (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First film to have John Wayne and Ward Bond together See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.81 (2010) See more »


Music by Archie Gottler and Con Conrad
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
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A Law Student Turned Actor
5 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Believe it or not, John Wayne wanted to become a lawyer before John Ford persuaded him to act in films full time. This bland production only furnished Wayne with pocket money rather than advancing his career. Nevertheless, it did establish a life-long relationship between the two men.

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