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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 »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Henry Williams
Ethel Shutta ... Mary Custer
... Wanenis
... Sally Morgan
... Sheriff Bob Wells (as John Rutherford)
Walter Law ... Jud Morgan
... Jerome Underwood
Albert Hackett ... Chester Underwood
Chief Caupolican ... Black Eagle
Lou-Scha-Enya ... Matafay
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.20 : 1
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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

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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Early Technicolor a treat
30 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Eddie Cantor's a legend name of showbiz, but he's been lost to time, unlike, say, Laurel and Hardy or Jack Benny. Mainly, we've just heard his name. Whoopee! is a chance to finally see his act and--well, uh--he was quite energetic. The film's really just an excuse for Cantor to strut his stuff, so your loving of the film will depend mostly of your love of Eddie.

However, there are several things for a film buff to enjoy. The early two-strip Technicolor is quite nice and the print I've seen on TV is really quite gorgeous. (It seems strange that this, of all early talkies, would have been so well preserved.) Outside of Cantor's vaudeville style, Whoopee! feel nearly it's age. The camerawork can be quite clunky at times, like the jiggly attempt at an overhead shot during a dance number, but generally its acceptable for a simple musical. Additionally, the dances were the work of a young Busbey Berkley and you can tell it's his handiwork. Oddly, the dancers seem to have a problem dancing in-sync with one another, which seems to be a hallmark of every early musical I've ever seen.


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