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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 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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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)


Certificate:

TV-G
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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 »

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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

Based on a Broadway show produced by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. "Whoopee" opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York on Monday, December 4th, 1928 and ran for 407 performances. Unfortunately, Ziegfeld lost everything in the stock market crash of 1929. At the time, "Whoopee" was still playing to full houses on Broadway. To bail himself out, Ziegfeld closed the show on Saturday, November 23rd, 1929 and sold the movie rights to Samuel Goldwyn. It is believed that the Broadway show could have run for another year. 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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Soundtracks

A Girl Friend of a Boy Friend of Mine
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics Gus Kahn
Sung by Eddie Cantor
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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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