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Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 16 November 1946 (USA)
The always-welcome Elyse Knox and her All-American footballer turned broadcaster husband Tom Harmon appear together in this film but are not romantically involved, as she is the co-ed "... See full summary »


Jack Bernhard, William Beaudine (uncredited)


Michael Jacoby (screenplay), George Waggner (original story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Regan ... Lucky Ryan
Elyse Knox ... Betty Allen
Phil Brito Phil Brito ... Phil Howard
Ross Hunter ... Ted Sloan
Tom Harmon Tom Harmon ... Coach
Paul Guilfoyle ... Frankie
Ann Gillis ... Sue (as Anne Gillis)
Edward Brophy ... Arty
Fred Coby Fred Coby ... Bill Ryan (as Fred Colby)
Alan Hale Jr. ... Mike Mitchell
David Holt ... Tommy Carr
Marjorie Hoerner Marjorie Hoerner ... Margie
William Beaudine Jr. William Beaudine Jr. ... Charlie
Emmett Vogan Jr. Emmett Vogan Jr. ... Emmett
Ruth Allen Ruth Allen ... Ruth


The always-welcome Elyse Knox and her All-American footballer turned broadcaster husband Tom Harmon appear together in this film but are not romantically involved, as she is the co-ed "sweetheart" of the title and he coaches the Varsity rowing crew. Some source describes Miss Knox as a B-actress. A more apt and better description would be one that describes her as an Actress who never got out of B-movies. This one is about half plot and half music but the plot is stretched pretty thin to cover 35 of the 75 minutes when it essentially boils down to: a couple of gamblers pressure the local night club(soft drinks only)owner to rig things so the local college rowing crew will lose their upcoming race. End of plot when the cowswain of the home team uses a rabbit's foot to plug the hole the gamblers cut in the bottom of their racing shell. Two of 1945's top hits, "Five Minutes More" and Slim Gaillard's "Cement Mixer, Putti-Putti" are performed, although some people who heard "Cement Mixer" ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE BATTLING (and cooing)SWEETHEARTS of Sigma Chi (original poster)


Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

16 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amore a Sigma Chi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remake of The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933) See more »


It's Not I'm Such a Wolf, It's Just You're Such a Lamb
Written by Merle Maddern and Lanier Darwin
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seven hep songs + champion race in just 76 mins.
11 May 2006 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This delicious snazzy 1946 Monogram college swing musical had a famous review that stated: "More bounce than a bad cheque".... and with seven good songs and a wild college rowboat race sure packed a lot of audience and critic pleasing antics into its 76 minutes. What a lot of just straight out good natured fun this pic is! Alas, I have never seen the 1933 version with Buster Crabbe, Betty Grable and Leif Ericson( !!!) but I really really want to. I also want to see this version again. I last saw it in the 60s before the local TV station store library burnt down in 1966 taking with it 1500 other Monogram PRC and Republic titles that were TV staples here in Sydney. SWEETHEART is also famous as part of a 40s Monogram musical run including SUNBONNET SUE and SWING PARADE OF 1946 each fondly remembered by pensioner friends of mine. Monogram and Republic were loved (later) for placing unknown or new musical combos into their musicals (I guess cheaply) especially when they turned out to be big stars in the 50s and 60s. Anyway, any film with Elyse Knox is watchable. Warner Bros now own the whole Monogram Allied Artists library... so if we all yell loud enough they might start DVD releasing them in packages.

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