Sweet Mama (1930)

Genres - Crime  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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"Sweet Mamma," a phrase popularized in the Barney Google comic strip, referred to a pretty girl, usually blonde, who attached herself to whatever "sugar daddy" happened to be available. In this instance, Alice White is the "Mamma" of the title, a tootsie named Goldie. Basically good at heart, Goldie falls into bad company when she begins singing in a gangster-controlled nightclub. She survives long enough to go off hand-in-hand with her true love, honest Jimmy (David Manners), and to prove to the audience that most of the gangsters (in this picture, anyway) aren't such tough eggs after all. The use of "natural sound" in the exterior sequences becomes intrusive at times, especially when Jimmy is taken for a ride by the villains in the climax.

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bad-guy, bad-guy-turns-good, gangster, good-guy