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Whoopee! (1930)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ...
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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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Comedy | Musical

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TV-G
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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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Eddie Cantor reprises his role from the original 1928 Broadway show. Many film cast members were also in the original show, including Eleanor Hunt, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Jack Rutherford, Spencer Charters, Albert Hackett and Chief Caupolican. Appearing in the original play, but not the film, was Buddy Ebsen, best known to today's audiences as a cast member of TV's The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and Barnaby Jones (1973). See more »

Quotes

Henry Williams: [to Mary] Why do you make overtures to me when I need intermissions so badly?
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Referenced in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

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Today's the Day
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics Gus Kahn
Sung by chorus
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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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