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


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


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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Unfortunately absent from this film version of the 1928 Broadway musical is Ruth Etting. In that show, she sang her signature torch song "Love Me or Leave Me" (music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Gus Kahn). No film is known to exist of Etting performing the song. Doris Day portrays Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave Me.
Originally premiered in the U.S. on September 7, 1930.
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.
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