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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)

Best Art DirectionRichard DayNominated

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

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

[last lines]
Henry Williams: That's all there is!

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Originally premiered in the U.S. on September 7, 1930.
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.
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.
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Best Art Direction Oscar 1930/31

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