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Whoopee! (1930) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Thornton Freeland and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr..

Academy Awards 1930/31 --- Ceremony Number 4 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionRichard DayNominated
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Mary Custer: Oh, poor Henry. Let me hold your hand.
Henry Williams: It's not heavy. I can manage. Hold your own hand.


Mary Custer: [referring to the calf Henry just lead into the room] Henry Williams, what is that?
Henry Williams: Condensed milk.


Henry Williams: [to Mary] Why do you make overtures to me when I need intermissions so badly?


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Based on a Broadway show produced by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. "Whoopee" opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York on Dec. 4, 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 Nov. 23, 1929 and sold the movie rights to Samuel Goldwyn. It is believed that the Broadway show could have run for another year.
Eddie Cantor reprises his role from the original 1928 Broadway show. Many film cast members were also in the original show, including Eleanor Hunt, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Jack Rutherford, Spencer Charters, Albert Hackett and Chief Caupolican. Appearing in the original play, but not the film, was Buddy Ebsen, best known to today's audiences as a cast member of TV's The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones.
Originally premiered in the U.S. on September 7, 1930.
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