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Diplomaniacs (1933)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  12 May 1933 (USA)
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Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers. When suddenly a white man asks for a shave, several Indians of the ... See full summary »

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Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers. When suddenly a white man asks for a shave, several Indians of the Oopadoop nation also enter, hearing the usual barbershop banter about foreign debts, they force them to be ambassadors of their nation at the Peace conference in Geneva. Ammunition industry executive Winkelreid is scheming to prevent their mission becoming an success, but the vamp Dolores aboard the ship fails, falling in love with Nilly, and so does Fifi, the toughest person of the world in Paris, falling for Glub. Although Winkelreid is able to steal their secret papers, Nilly and Glub don't give up after being reminded by constant observation of their Indians and enter the Peace conference, which turns out to be a battlefield... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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On the Boulevard
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu
Performed by Charles Coleman, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey and Chorus
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My candidate for Worst Hollywood Musical of All Time
30 May 2008 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I first saw Diplomaniacs on TV when I was about 10 or 11. I couldn't believe that grownups were capable of making anything that bad. There's bad and there's BAD: there's the kind of bad that after a few seconds makes you snap off the set in disgust, and then there's the kind of BAD where you can't turn away, so BAD it's fascinating: you're transfixed by the utter BADness of it. And that's the effect Diplomaniacs had on me.

Years later, when I was past 50, I came across a VHS cassette of it for a couple of bucks in a video store liquidation sale. I couldn't resist: I bought it and played it to see if it matched my 40-year-old memories of it. It did: I'd love to enter it in a contest for Worst Hollywood Musical of All Time. If Hollywood ever made anything worse (although The Great Gabbo comes close), I hope I never see it.

Had I been a film critic when it came out, I would have written "They were trying for Duck Soup, and came up with Dog's Breakfast." Racist as hell, in terrible taste, and the songs... oh, my God!

But dig who wrote it: Joseph Mankiewicz, who went on to write All About Eve. Shows there's hope for us all.


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