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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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Marjorie White ...
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Winkelreid
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Chinaman
Edgar Kennedy ...
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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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A Liga das Mulheres  »

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Willy Nilly: What do you think of the Einstein theory?
Hercules Glub: The Einstein theory? They'll never be able to enforce it.
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No More War
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu
Performed by Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Marjorie White, Phyllis Barry and chorus
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Low rent MILLION DOLLAR LEGS?
7 December 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Chiefly because of Joseph L. Mankiewicz' free-association punning dialogue and his gags based on literal interpretations of clichés (not to mention the presence of Hugh Herbert), this comes across as a low-rent MILLION DOLLAR LEGS, Mankiewicz's manic comedy of the previous year. But Wheeler, Woolsey and White are no substitute for Fields, Oakie and Roberti! Unlike the earlier film, this follows a simple stage structure, with conventionally placed songs and musical numbers. The pre-Code elements--scanty costumes and the occasional off-color line ("They didn't want to sign, but we made 'em. The women were tough at first, but we...")--haven't got any freshness. There's a certain interesting tension between the cerebral Mankiewicz word-play dialogue and its absolutely mindless delivery by these journeymen comics, and it has what would be described as a "breezy" pace, so it's enjoyable to watch. But to say that it may be of the best Wheeler-Woolsey films doesn't take it very far.


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