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Whoopee [VHS] (1930)

Eddie Cantor , Ethel Shutta , Thornton Freeland  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt, Jack Rutherford
  • Directors: Thornton Freeland
  • Writers: E.J. Rath, Owen Davis, Robert Hobart Davis, William Anthony McGuire, William M. Conselman
  • Producers: Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Samuel Goldwyn
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302478596
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is It Really The Season For Makin' Whoopee? July 17, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
In 1930 Eddie Cantor was at the height of his career when "Whoopee" was made into a motion picture, taken from the 1929 play of the same title produced by "The Great Ziegfeld".
"Whoopee" is the story of two childhood friends who grew up together only to fall in love. One was a "white girl" the other "an Indian". Sally Morgan (Eleanor Hunt) is the girl and Wanenis (Paul Gregory) is the Indian. As time goes by Sally's father forbids the two from ever getting married. This lead Wanenis to leave the small town only to return as fate would have it, on the wedding day of Sheriff Bob Wells (Jack Rutherford) and Sally! Soon Sally has doubts about getting married to Bob when she sees Wenenis again. Now, perhaps your asking yourself, what has any of this got to do with Eddie Cantor? Absolutely nothing. Cantor plays Henry Williams. A neurotic who shys away from the advances made by his nurse, Mary Custer (Ethel Shutta) and perfers the company of a calf. He consistanly checks his temperature, and takes pills on every hour. And somehow finds himself helping Sally get away from Bob thus causing everyone trying to hunt him down, including his nurse who thinks Henry loves Sally instead of her.
"Whoopee" is actually quite funny. It's all Cantor's show from beginning to end. It's his energy that carries the whole film. Much of the films appeal will have to do with two things. Number one how much you like Cantor and two how much you like these old-fashion comedies. "Whoopee" though I must admit, is very very very suggestive. People tend to forget that while, yes, these types of movies have been reduced to "family entertainment" they were at one time meant strickly as "adult" entertainment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CANTOR'S 193O TECHNICOLOR MUSICAL HIT. September 23, 2002
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Cantor is a state-of-the-art hypochondriac whose imagined poor health causes him to bring many hilarious situations into view. The character he portrays - Henry Williams - is something of a busybody who moves to Arizona for his health's sake and gets himself involved in the affairs of Sally Morgan...The art direction and musical numbers are still fascinating to observe and Cantor is hilarious when he explains blithely that he could die from any one of his several diseases right on the spot. This film - which was co-produced by Florenz Ziegfeld and Samuel Goldwyn - made Eddie Cantor a film star of the early talkies. Based upon THE NERVOUS WRECK by Owen Davis, this primitive Technicolor musical still has the ability to entertain - especially if you are partial to Eddie Cantor's brand of comedy. Look for a 14 (!) year-old Betty Grable as one of the Goldwyn Girls in this opus which was remade in 1944 as the Danny Kaye star-making vehicle UP IN ARMS. As a footnote, Goldwyn opened his filmed musical extravaganza in the nadir of Great Depression and tickets sold for an astonishing $5 apiece: the equivalent of a day's wages back then!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something Of A Collector''s Item June 26, 2009
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If for no other reason, this is an amazing film because it was shot in Technicolor - in 1930! It's primitive color, but very interesting at times and intriguing to view. Although the story and humor are very dated, Eddie Cantor is very funny at times playing the super hypochondriac.

There are lots of gags, and like the Marx Brothers films, so many that you can't catch them all. Also like the MB, some of the humor is topical, so audiences of today aren't going to get what people would laugh at in 1930.

Through all the jokes - many stupid and many clever - Cantor is a likable guy and also a good singer. The songs in here are decent, too, some of them very catchy. They also have the added attraction of having the Busby Berkeley dancers/girls joining in.

Make no mistake: this is a "sappy" film, so dated it's extremely stupid in spots....but definitely something for the film collector. I am sorry this talented man doesn't have his films out on DVD. Someone has dropped the ball there, big-time. Cantor deserves better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The static camera rules! February 16, 1999
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This is certainly an oddity, from the hues of two-strip Technicolor to the scenes of Cantor emerging from his hiding place of an oven (in itself unsettling, given the added hindsight of WWII and Hitler's Ultimate Solution) in blackface. The songs, however, are superb, and "George Olsen's Music" in the background gives this underrated bandleader some nice exposure. Technically "Whoopee" fares better than the Marx Brother's "Animal Crackers" of the same year--they even manage to sneak in a couple of exterior shots!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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PARAMOUNT's 1930 Technicolor production of Flo Ziegfeld's western-flavored WHOOPEE! is a remarkable example of both early color photography and pre-Depression Era musical comedy.

A tip o' the hat reference is made in it to Jerome Kern's SHOWBOAT, the late '20s musical that changed this art form forever, when Eddie Cantor parodies "Old Man River" lyrics as "Old Black Eagle."

Eight Donaldson/Kahn songs are heard in the film, including Betty Grable with chorus performing "Cowboys" and Cantor's show-stoppers "Makin' Whoopee" and "My Baby Just Cares For Me." With this latter number, Eddie prances and claps his hands in a style much imitated but never equalled. Missing here however are most of the original stageshow numbers including Ruth Etting and her signature song, "Love Me Or Leave Me."

Busby Berkeley contributes some fine choreography for his big screen debut. Uncrediteds include Dean Jagger and Marian Marsh, who one year later co-starred as Trilby in SVENGALI (with John Barrymore). Some of the more noteworthy Goldwyn Girls (lookin' MIGHTY 'hippy,' ladies!): Miss Grable, Ann Sothern and Virginia Bruce.

NOTE: In April of 2013, WARNER/MGM/UA finally made WHOOPEE available in their Archive DVD-R series, rather surprising in these overly-PC times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Cantor at his peak
I Love the early talkies, especially with the talent they had at that time. This movie is a Lot of fun. Including the Very early Buzby Berkely routines. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Buddy Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Eddie Cantor is one funny man now do nt get me wrong thet do sing in and all but it is funny movie
Published 2 months ago by Bennett YOung
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny
This move is a rarity - it's genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. Watching Eddie's eyes and body movements singing "Making Whoopee" had me in hysterics. Read more
Published 5 months ago by joelkfla
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this new version, which is a video triumph. The color is better...
Warner Archive and the Samuel Goldwyn people have come up with a wonderful new edition of WHOOPEE!, one of the relatively few films of that period (1930) photographed entirely in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scott MacGillivray
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic film
Eddie Cantor in his prime. This DVD is of excellent quality and in two strip technicolor. Just pure entertainment from a film over 80 years old. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ralph E. Roe Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome movie.
The Technicolor is amazing! I saw this on a public tv channel many years ago and have been looking for in on dvd ever since. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Terryll Rainey
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Cantor at his best
The early musical with fanciful depiction of the Southwestern experience including stylized school, Indians, cowboys, and others in superbly costumed song and dance scenes... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert L. Gear Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Cantor bores me, but the production numbers were great
This film is in color and has fabulous production numbers with brilliant costumes and beautiful dancers in the style of Busby Berkely. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Angela Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD was available.
From The New York Post, November 10, 2008 by Lou Lumenick:
"Fox and MGM have included two of Cantor's long-MIA vehicles for producer Samuel Goldwyn in a mega collection of 50... Read more
Published on October 19, 2011 by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars A great star in a great movie
What a delightful item to own! Nostalgic for the generations that knew him, and an eye-opener (pun intended) for the ones who are seeing Cantor for the first time.
Published on May 24, 2010 by Janet Gari
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