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Sixteen Sweeties (1930)

A claustrophobic stage revue where McNaughton comes out to introduce the numbers with Thelma white and chorines, but is interrupted by Wills and Carney with painful gags, and some ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Thelma White ... Star of the Show
Bob Carney Bob Carney ... Bob - First Comic
Si Wills ... Si - Second Comic
Harry McNaughton Harry McNaughton ... Harry - Master of Ceremonies
George McKay George McKay ... Harry's Understudy
Eddie Elkins Eddie Elkins ... Orchestra Leader (as Eddie Elkins and Orchestra)


A claustrophobic stage revue where McNaughton comes out to introduce the numbers with Thelma white and chorines, but is interrupted by Wills and Carney with painful gags, and some clothes-tearing horseplay. For a costume number with the boys, McNaughton is replaced by McKay. Written by WesternOne

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dark humor | artist | tuxedo | See All (3) »


Comedy | Short







Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pathé Melody Comedies: Sixteen Sweeties See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


On 10 December 1929, during the production of this film, a fire broke out in the Pathe studios at Park Avenue and 134th Street in NYC, resulting in the death of ten studio employees. The film started when a carbon used in a carbon arc light broke off, and set fire to a velvet curtain used as a backdrop for this film. Pathe never reopened the NYC studio, and moved all production of short films to Los Angeles. See more »


If You Have Troubles Laugh Them Away
Written by Lester Lee
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Is this from Pathé Studios or Pathetic Studios?! I suspect the latter!
31 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Sixteen Sweeties" is among the worst short films of the year...if not the decade. There is nothing positive I can say about it...nothing. And, considering how awful it was, I am not surprised that the folks in it never went on to become movie stars.

The film is a combination of a musical review and comedy...much like a Vaudeville show. Throughout this ordeal, a host is continually interrupted by two annoying guys who tell jokes that are not only unfunny but in horribly bad taste. Dead baby jokes are not funny....nor were any of the other 'jokes' they told. As for the singing and dancing, it looked completely amateurish. The singing quality wasn't good (possibly due, in part, to early talking picture recording difficulties) and the dancing looked almost completely unchoreographed. The ladies are never in step with each other and the sum effect looks more like a bunch of drunks trying to pass a field sobriety test instead of dance together! Overall, a horrid little picture which was unfunny, in horrible taste and displayed acts which were essentially talentless. Need I say more?!

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