Director: Thornton Freeland Cast: Eddie Cantor, Eleanor Hunt, Paul Gregory

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Adapted from Owen Davis's stage comedy The Nervous Wreck (itself filmed in 1927), Flo Ziegfeld's musical spectacular Whoopee! was one of the solid hits of the 1928-29 Broadway season, thanks largely to the irrepressible Eddie Cantor. The property was transferred to film virtually intact in 1930, again produced by Ziegfeld (in collaboration with Sam Goldwyn) and again starring Cantor. The star plays Henry Williams, a wide-eyed hypochondriac who heads to a western resort town in the company of his long-suffering nurse Mary Custer (Ethel Shutta). Meanwhile, Wanenie (Paul Gregory), the son of an Indian chief, pines away out of love for white heiress Sally Morgan (Eleanor Hunt), who has been forbidden to marry Wanenie because of their racial differences. One of the most unsympathetic heroines in screen history, Sally coerces Henry into helping her elope then allows the poor boob to be accused of kidnapping. All sorts of zany complications ensue, not least of which is the side-splitting scene in which Henry, disguised as an Indian, adopts a thick Jewish accent while trying to sell a rug to a tourist. The Sally/Wanenie dilemma ends happily when the young man turns out not to be Indian after all, while Henry, cured of his ills by all the excitement, marries nurse Marie. The "Ziegfeld Touch" is most obvious in the final reels, when the story stops dead in its tracks to offer a long, drawn-out parade of "Glorified" Follies girls wearing enormous headdresses and precious little else. But the film's highlight is Eddie Cantor's sly, insinuating rendition of the title song, in which he details in humorous fashion the pitfalls of "makin' whoopee" with the wrong girl. Featured among the Goldwyn Girls are such future stars as Claire Dodd, Virginia Bruce, and 14-year-old Betty Grable, who energetically performs the very first chorus of the very first song in the film. Lensed in eye-pleasing early Technicolor, Whoopee was a success, launching a long and fruitful cinematic collaboration between Eddie Cantor and Sam Goldwyn. It was remade by Goldwyn in 1944 as Up in Arms, a showcase for the producer's "new Cantor" Danny Kaye.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2013
UPC: 0883316737118
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 22,038

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Cantor Henry Williams
Eleanor Hunt Sally Morgan
Paul Gregory Wanenis
John Rutherford Sheriff Bob Wells
Ethel Shutta Mary Custer
Spencer Charters Jerome Underwood
Chief Caupolican Black Eagle
Albert Hackett Chester Underwood
Will H. Philbrick Andy McNabb
Walter Law Judd Morgan
Gene Alsace Actor
Edmund Cobb Actor
Arthur Dewey Actor
Claire Dodd Actor
Martin Faust Actor
Budd Fine Actor
Betty Grable Goldwyn Girl
Dean Jagger Deputy
Frank Lanning Actor
Theodore Lorch Actor
Sally Morgan Eleanor Hunt
George Olsen Himself
Paul Panzer Actor
Frank Rice Actor
Barbara Weeks Dancer
Ruth Eddings Actor
Mary Ashcraft Actor
William Begg Actor
Virginia Bruce Showgirl
Jane Keithly Show Girl
Christine Maple Showgirl
Marian Marsh Harriet Underwood
Jeanne Morgan Showgirl
Ann Sothern Bit Part
Dorothy Wellman Actor

Technical Credits
Thornton Freeland Director
Busby Berkeley Choreography
Nacio Herb Brown Songwriter
William Conselman Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Walter Donaldson Score Composer,Songwriter
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
John W. Harkrider Costumes/Costume Designer
Stuart Heisler Editor
Gus Kahn Songwriter
William Anthony McGuire Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Florenz Ziegfeld Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Whoopee!
1. Chapter 1 [1:36]
2. Chapter 2 [:58]
3. Chapter 3 [3:24]
4. Chapter 4 [:54]
5. Chapter 5 [3:59]
6. Chapter 6 [2:02]
7. Chapter 7 [4:19]
8. Chapter 8 [2:54]
9. Chapter 9 [3:00]
10. Chapter 10 [1:37]
11. Chapter 11 [2:44]
12. Chapter 12 [1:53]
13. Chapter 13 [3:23]
14. Chapter 14 [4:35]
15. Chapter 15 [3:47]
16. Chapter 16 [3:01]
17. Chapter 17 [4:09]
18. Chapter 18 [4:29]
19. Chapter 19 [2:57]
20. Chapter 20 [3:13]
21. Chapter 21 [5:22]
22. Chapter 22 [4:56]
23. Chapter 23 [2:38]
24. Chapter 24 [5:50]
25. Chapter 25 [1:58]
26. Chapter 26 [3:34]
27. Chapter 27 [1:03]
28. Chapter 28 [3:44]
29. Chapter 29 [2:10]
30. Chapter 30 [1:39]
31. Chapter 31 [:42]

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