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Diplomaniacs -- The comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey are at it again in this screwball comedy.

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Director:
Writers:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) and
Henry Myers (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
12 May 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
My candidate for Worst Hollywood Musical of All Time See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bert Wheeler ... Willy
Robert Woolsey ... Hercules
Marjorie White ... Dolores
Phyllis Barry ... Fifi

Louis Calhern ... Winkelreid

Hugh Herbert ... Chinaman
Edgar Kennedy ... Chairman - Peace Conference
Richard Carle ... Ship's Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Schmerzenschmerzen (uncredited)
Neal Burns ... Delegate to Peace Conference (uncredited)
Shirley Chambers ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Butler (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Delegate to Peace Conference (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Indian Chief (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... French Vamp (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Dead Dowager (uncredited)
Neely Edwards ... Puppenschmerzen (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Shaffner the Valet (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Pilot (uncredited)
Teddy Hart ... Puppenpuppen (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Dowager on Boat (uncredited)
Florence Ho ... Mrs. Chow Chow (uncredited)
William Irving ... Schmerzenpuppen (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Attendant (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Leonard ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Miki Morita ... Delegrate to Peace Conference (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Indian (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Bald Adoop Indian (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Bearded Prospector (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Schultz ... Delegate to Peace Conference (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Delegate to Peace Conference (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... French Apache (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter 
 
Writing credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) and
Henry Myers (screen play)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (from an original story by)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Sam Jaffe .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Roy Webb (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (film editor)
 
Set Decoration by
Alfred Herman (settings) (as Al Herman)
Van Nest Polglase (settings)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Killy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recordist
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Burke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert De Grasse .... camera operator (uncredited)
George E. Diskant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harry Akst .... music and lyrics by
Edward Eliscu .... music and lyrics by
Max Steiner .... musical director
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eddie Sharpe .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Larry Ceballos .... dance numbers staged by
 
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Runtime:
61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Preserved by the Library of Congress.See more »
Quotes:
Dolores:Sing to me!
Willy Nilly:How about "One Hour with You"?
Dolores:Sure! But first - sing to me!
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4 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
My candidate for Worst Hollywood Musical of All Time, 30 May 2008
Author: sbowell-1 from Vancouver, Canada

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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