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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Whoopee" was the third most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1930 See more »

Quotes

Jerome Underwood: You know who I am?
Henry Williams: Who?
Jerome Underwood: I'm an Underwood.
Henry Williams: Indian no care for typewriter!
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Connections

Referenced in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Cowboys
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics Gus Kahn
Performed by Betty Grable and chorus
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Sappy? Yes, But Something Of A Collector''s Item
15 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

If for no other reason, this is an amazing film because it was shot in Technicolor - in 1930! It's primitive color, but very interesting at times and intriguing to view. Although the story and humor are very dated, Eddie Cantor is very funny at times playing the super hypochondriac.

There are lots of gags, and like the Marx Brothers films, so many that you can't catch them all. Also like the MB, some of the humor is topical, so audiences of today aren't going to get what people would laugh at in 1930.

Through all the jokes - many stupid and many clever - Cantor is a likable guy and also a good singer. As I wrote with another review (Roman Scandals) I am just sorry this talented man doesn't have his films out on DVD. The songs in here are decent, too, some of them very catchy. They also have the added attraction of having the Busby Berkeley joining in.

Make no mistake: this is a "sappy" film, so dated it's extremely stupid in spots....but definitely something for the film collector.


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