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Whoopee! (1930)

TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  5 October 1930 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Ethel Shutta ...
Paul Gregory ...
Wanenis
Eleanor Hunt ...
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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Musical

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5 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Whoopee  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The debut of The Goldwyn Girls (uncredited). See more »

Quotes

Sally Morgan: But they'll give you twenty years.
Henry Williams: Twenty ye - ha ha ha ha ha ha...
Sally Morgan: What are you laughing at?
Henry Williams: Why, the joke's on them.
Sally Morgan: Why?
Henry Williams: I can't live but six months.
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Referenced in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Stetson
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics Gus Kahn
Sung and danced by Ethel Shutta, The Goldwyn Girls and Cowhands
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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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