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Whoopee! (1930)

TV-G | | Comedy, Musical | 5 October 1930 (USA)
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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Cast

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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
Spencer Charters ...
Jerome Underwood
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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Comedy | Musical

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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

Based on a Broadway show produced by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. "Whoopee" opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York on Monday, December 4th, 1928 and ran for 407 performances. Unfortunately, Ziegfeld lost everything in the stock market crash of 1929. At the time, "Whoopee" was still playing to full houses on Broadway. To bail himself out, Ziegfeld closed the show on Saturday, November 23rd, 1929 and sold the movie rights to Samuel Goldwyn. It is believed that the Broadway show could have run for another year. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Henry Williams: That's all there is!
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
A few bars played in the "Today's the Day" number
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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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