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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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Sheriff Bob Wells (as John Rutherford)
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Jud Morgan
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Jerome Underwood
Albert Hackett ...
Chester Underwood
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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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Trivia

Jacques Cartier and Joyzelle Joyner were announced for a specialty dance during the "Song of the Setting Sun" number, but even if this was filmed, it does not appear in the final print. See more »

Quotes

Mary Custer: [referring to the calf Henry just lead into the room] Henry Williams, what is that?
Henry Williams: Condensed milk.
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Soundtracks

Ol' Man River
(1927) (uncredited)
from the stage musical "Show Boat"
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung a bit a cappella by Eddie Cantor with modified lyrics (Old Black Eagle)
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Feeds my nostalgia conceit.
9 December 2001 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

I just watched Whoopee! on an excellent laserdisc print, and my nostalgia conceit was fed yet again. The world seemed happier and lazier, the chorus girls sweeter and prettier, the tunes bouncier and brighter. Viewers' comments about Eddie Cantor prancing in blackface miss the point: it is not racism that is projected, but a society in which racism is meaningless. My conceit, of course, is absurd; there are no "good old days", and it was no bed of roses to be an average Joe or Jane in 1930 when Whoopee! was made. But movies like these are my escape to Happyland, and while a steady diet of the same would be cloying, a dip into an old musical guarantees me a dreamy uplift.


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