Whoopee!

Los Angeles: Samuel Goldwyn, 1930. Archive of original draft script and production materials for the 1930 musical belonging to uncredited assistant director H. Bruce Humberstone. The script, with the annotation of Humberstone's nickname "Lucky," on the top of the front wrapper in holograph blue pencil, has modest annotations throughout, noting page numbers, scene numbers, and calling out and striking dialogue. The production materials, housed in a folder with the annotation in holograph pencil, in Humberstone's hand, of "Working / sheets on / Whoopie / #4500 / T. Freeland / Eddie Cantor" on the front cover, include a two page "Shooting Schedule" written in Humberstone's hand, a two page "Musical Program" with annotations, in holograph pencil, of "Lucky" on the top left and dates and times, one inter-office memo, and six telegrams. The inter-office memo, from Samuel Goldwyn to "Lucky Humberstone," is in gratitude to everyone who worked on the film following the film's successful Eastern preview in New York, dated August 19, 1930. The six telegrams, one dated August 18, 1930, and the other five dated August 19, 1930, are from various Samuel Goldwyn and United Artists representatives in praise of the film.

Based on the 1928 Broadway Musical, with the libretto written by William Anthony McGuire, music by Walter Donaldson, and lyrics by Gus Kahn, which was based on the 1923 play, "The Nervous Wreck," by Owen Davis.

A madcap Technicolor musical wherein Eddie Cantor plays the oblivious Henry Williams, tricked into helping Sally Morgan escape from her wedding to the sheriff, for her forbidden true love, the Native American, Wanenis, with the jilted sheriff and Henry's nurse in tow. The highest grossing film of the 1930, and Busby Berkley's first film. Nominated for an Academy Award.

Blue titled wrappers, dated March 29, 1930. Distribution page integral with title page, with receipt removed, dated March 29, 1930, noted as SOUND VERSION. 73 leaves, with last page of text numbered 76. Spirit duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with light soiling and edgewear, bound with two gold brads.

Two Page "Shooting Schedule," 8 x 12.5 inches. Near Fine, folded horizontally and vertically.

Two Page "Musical Program," 13 x 8.5 inches. Near Fine, folded horizontally and vertically, bound with a metal clip with corresponding rust stain on opposing corner.

Inter-office Memo and Telegrams, 8.5 x 5.25 inches to 8.5 x 11 inches. Very Good plus with light toning overall and creasing at the tops. Bound with a paper clip.

Folder, 8.75 x 11.75 inches. Very Good plus, with light toning overall and edgewear.


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