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Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 2 August 1943 (USA)
When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer... See full summary »

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Andrew L. Stone

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Frederick J. Jackson (screenplay) (as Frederick Jackson), Edmund L. Hartmann (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolphe Menjou ... Col. Hector Phyffe
Martha Scott ... Janie Prescott Phyffe
Pola Negri ... Genya Smetana
Dennis O'Keefe ... Sonny Phyffe
Billie Burke ... Liza Prescott
June Havoc ... Leslie Quayle
Walter Kingsford ... Senator Jummy Simpson
Barton Hepburn Barton Hepburn ... Peter Warrington III
Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa ... Tony Spinelli
Marek Windheim Marek Windheim ... Pianist
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Michael Angelo
Paul Porcasi ... Impressario
Lorraine Miller ... Director's Friend
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Boughton
Bert Roach ... Husband, Taxi Cab Bit
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Storyline

When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer, while placating a jealous wife. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamonds and Crime See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The TV-like machine on which June Havoc is shown performing "The Man with the Big Sombrero" is a "Panoram," a video jukebox that showed short films of popular bands and entertainers during the 1940's. The films shown on it were called "Soundies" and were essentially the music videos of the time. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Quayle: Hi, sailor. Your father working today for a change?
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Foreward.. This is a factual and authentic document based on actual conditions existing in the world today. It is admittedly propaganda. It is a picture with a purpose. "Try to find it". See more »

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Je suis Titania
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Music by Ambroise Thomas (as Ambroïse Thomas)
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Another Winner from Andrew Stone
22 October 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The names of Adolphe Menjou and Pola Negri in the cast might lead you to expect the date of this film to be 1923 rather than 1943 (and the two did in fact make a couple of films together that year), but this is actually a relatively late screwball comedy with an on-form once-in-a-lifetime cast (although Denis O'Keefe rather strains credibility as Menjou's son).

Billed third, Negri, who was then 46 and hadn't made a film in Hollywood for over ten years (her next and final film was Disney's 'The Moonspinners' twenty years later) actually has a relatively small role as Menjou's wife, but looks great (along with Martha Scott and Billie Burke she sweeps about in a succession of fabulous creations by Adrian) and one gets a rare chance to hear what she actually sounded like. We first meet her singing the Ride of the Valkyries, and Wagner - whose music one character says "had some beautiful moments but some ugly half hours" - is later the victim of a priceless sight gag. The best performance as usual is by Menjou, but right down to the bit players the cast all seem to be enjoying themselves (including veteran composer & musical director Richard Hageman unexpectedly playing the small part of a company director).

The same year as he made the all-black musical 'Stormy Weather' the always surprising independent producer-director Andrew L. Stone here shows early evidence of the good naturedness and flair for organising complicated story lines that found full flower in his later thrillers; and this may be his only film to receive an Oscar nomination (for Phil Boutelje's score). Frederick Jackson's screenplay crackles with saucy throwaways and there are some sublime breaches of the fourth wall, including a couple of animated inserts by Friz Freleng.


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