Whoopee! (Movie)

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Original title Whoopee!
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1930
length 93 minutes
Director Thornton Freeland
script William M. Conselman
production Samuel Goldwyn ,
Florence Ziegfeld
music Walter Donaldson ,
Gus Kahn
camera Lee Garmes ,
Ray Rennahan ,
Gregg Toland
cut Stuart Heisler

Whoopee! is an American musical film from 1930. The screenplay is based on a story by William Anthony McGuire, Robert Hobart Davis and EJ Rath and the play The Nervous Wreck by Owen Davis , which by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn for the Broadway musical Whoopee ! was rewritten.


Although Sally Morgan loves Wanenis, an Indian who lives near her father's farm, Judd Morgan believes he can get his daughter together with Sheriff Bob Wells while Wanenis is away to learn the life of whites. However, Sally does not want to marry Wells. She hopes to get away with Vanis. She orders Henry Williams, a hypochondriac farm worker, to drive her on with his car.

Her father and the sheriff go into pursuit. Henry's car is running out of fuel. But Henry steals some gasoline from Herom Underwood's car. Later they go to his ranch for something to eat. When Morgan and Wells arrive at the ranch, Henry, who now works as a cook here, disguises himself as a black man. Later he can escape the sheriff and flee to an Indian reservation.

Wanenis believes his origins make a marriage with Sally impossible and has decided to leave the whites. Sally is about to be brought back to her home farm. Matafay, an Indian who is supposed to marry Wanenis, forces Chief Black Eagle to reveal Wanenis true origins. Wanenis was adopted by the tribe. He is the child of a white married couple who have died. Now Sally's father can agree to the wedding. Henry also proposes marriage to his loved one, the nurse Mary.


Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times described the 1930 film as excellent fun . He praised the clever direction and the melodious music .


At the Academy Awards in 1931 , Richard Day was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Production Design category.


The premiere took place on September 30, 1930 in New York.

The film grossed US $ 2.3 million worldwide.

By Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn the songs came Cowboys , Makin 'Whoopee , Today's the Day , A Girl Friend of a Boy Friend of Mine , makin' Waffles , My Baby Just Cares for Me , Stetson and The Song of the Setting Sun . The song I'll Still Belong to You was written by Nacio Herb Brown and Edward Eliscu.

Co-producer Florenz Ziegfeld was also the producer of the Broadway show, which started on December 4, 1928 with Eddie Cantor in his film role. Ziegfeld lost his fortune in the 1929 stock market crash. After 407 performances, the show was discontinued. Ziegfeld sold the film rights to Samuel Goldwyn.

The "Goldwyn Girls" appeared in the film. They included Paulette Goddard , Virginia Bruce , Betty Grable, and Ann Sothern . Paul Panzer as an Indian and Dean Jagger as a deputy can be seen in small supporting roles .

The dance choreography was done by Busby Berkeley , who worked here for the first time for the film.

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Individual evidence

  1. Critique of the New York Times (Eng.)
  2. ↑ Gross profit on IMDb