Words and Music
Comedy / Musical
Directed by James Tinling
Lois Moran as Mary Brown
David Percy as Song and dance principal
Helen Twelvetrees as Dorothy Blake
William Orlamond as Pop Evans
Elizabeth Patterson as Dean Crockett
Duke Morrison (John Wayne) as Pete Donahue
Frank Albertson as Skeet Mulroy
Tom Patricola as Hannibal
Bubbles Crowell as Bubbles
Ward Bond as an extra
Paul Gibbons, Ches Kirkpatrick, Bill Seckler, Eddie Bush as Biltmore Quartet members
Two fraternity brothers, Phil and Pete, are competing to gain the favor of Mary, in the hopes that she will perform and sing their song in the upcoming annual review. The duo is competing for a $1500 prize for writing the best song. Mary chooses Phil, who has the better song. However, due to a practical joke that goes wrong, Mary is forced to perform in Pete's skit.
Originally the numbers for this movie were to be aired as part of Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, but there was too much footage to fit in. A decision was made to cut Lois Moran's numbers out of the show and fashion a movie out of that footage. Words and Music is the result.
This is the first film to feature a young John Wayne, billed as Duke Morrison.
Words and Music is believed to be a lost film.