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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 »

Director:

Thornton Freeland

Writers:

William Anthony McGuire (story), Owen Davis (based upon the play "The Nervous Wreck" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Henry Williams
Ethel Shutta Ethel Shutta ... Mary Custer
Paul Gregory ... Wanenis
Eleanor Hunt ... Sally Morgan
Jack Rutherford ... Sheriff Bob Wells (as John Rutherford)
Walter Law ... Jud Morgan
Spencer Charters ... Jerome Underwood
Albert Hackett Albert Hackett ... Chester Underwood
Chief Caupolican Chief Caupolican ... Black Eagle
Lou-Scha-Enya Lou-Scha-Enya ... Matafay
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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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90 Blazing Boistrous minutes of the Funniest Guy that ever made a camera crack wide open with Laughter (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 9 November 1930) See more »


Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whoopee See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Barbara Weeks. 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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Connections

Referenced in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Still Belong to You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics Edward Eliscu
Sung by Paul Gregory
Reprised by him at the end
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Feeds my nostalgia conceit.
9 December 2001 | by petelushSee 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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