Samuel Goldwyn's Whoopee (1930) is an extremely important film historically, possibly the least of which is the direction by Thornton Freeland.
A Samuel Goldwyn production, along with Florenz Ziegfeld. Eddie Cantor, who began his career on stage, and was a major vaudeville star, was a Follies veteran. Hence the connection, since Whoopee! was originally a stage show in 1928.
Mr. Cantor didn't make many films during his iconic career. Between 1930 and 1936, he appeared in six films for Samuel Goldwyn. Another half dozen films between 1937 and 1953, and he was done.
Great songs, including the iconic Makin' Whoopie, and My Baby Cares for Me. Musical numbers devised by newcomer Busby Berkeley. A young actress in the chorus, who we would later recognize as Betty Grable.
Did I mention two-color Technicolor? The film was somewhere around the 15th entire production in the format, although other films had sequences in color. The cinematographers were among the finest.
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Not PC, but of the times, the film is a great example of what was seen on screens 80 years ago.
I believe the release of Whoopie is also the first generally available DVD first. While I'm certain that someone will correct me if I'm incorrect, this is the first film to be released on home video from original elements in two-color Technicolor.
A fun film, and historically, an extremely important release from The Warner Archive Collection.
While the master may not be new, it more than suffices for DVD, and Whoopee comes along with a...
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