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Whoopee! (1930)

Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks... See full summary »

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Ethel Shutta ...
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Wanenis
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Jack Rutherford ...
Sheriff Bob Wells (as John Rutherford)
Walter Law ...
Jud Morgan
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Albert Hackett ...
Chester Underwood
Chief Caupolican ...
Lou-Scha-Enya ...
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Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks he's just giving her a ride; but she left a note saying they've eloped! Chasing them are jilted Bob, Henry's nurse Mary (who's been trying to seduce him) and others. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He's Henry the hypochondriac-so healthy he's sick trying to think of what ails him. You'll roar, rock, rave over this rip-snorting comedy. (Print ad- Republican-Journal, (ogdensburg, N.Y.,) 18 November 1930)


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5 October 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable, only thirteen years old at the time, is prominently featured and easily recognizable in the opening number, and also leads the wedding march. See more »

Quotes

Mary Custer: Oh, poor Henry. Let me hold your hand.
Henry Williams: It's not heavy. I can manage. Hold your own hand.
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Connections

Remade as Musical Comedy Time: Whoopee (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of the Setting Sun
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics Gus Kahn
Sung by Chief Caupolican and danced by The Goldwyn Girls
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Inane, innocent and something of a treasure.

Sure, the pacing is leaden (there's silence after every joke so the audience can laugh or applaud), there is no camera movement, it is essentially a photographed stage musical comedy, nobody can act - BUT - if you don't expect too much of this early talkie as film, and just sit back and enjoy it's two assets - early two-strip Technicolor and Eddie Cantor - you may just enjoy yourself immensely.

There are eight songs and two reprises, most memorably MAKIN WHOOPEE and MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME.

Cantor is irrepressible and a total original. The Jewish shtick and the blatantly gay innuendo in so many of the jokes lay testimony to this being pre-Hayes code, and make viewings by today's audiences that much funnier.

Other reviewers on this site have elaborated on the inane plot, so I won't go into it. The colors are vivid (reds, browns greens)and give this an other-worldly look. The art direction earned an Oscar nom. If you can find it, get it and enjoy it. We have very very few surviving two-strip Technicolor films and just over a dozen two-strip Technicolor talkies that have managed to come down to us with their color elements intact. This is a little treasure.


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