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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:
Wheeler & Woolsey Journey Into A State Of Confusion 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 (music director)
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
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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Preserved by the Library of Congress.See more »
Quotes:
Chow-Chow:I wish I were in China by my wife. Who I hate.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Wheeler & Woolsey Journey Into A State Of Confusion, 4 September 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A pacifistic Indian tribe sends two zany barbers to be its envoys at the Peace Conference in Geneva. The DIPLOMANIACS soon find themselves up against the machinations of spies working for a powerful munitions company who have a vested interest in seeing that war continues the demand for their explosive bullets.

Wheeler & Woolsey take a plot ridiculous even by their standards and manage to get some solid laughs out of it. The Boys (Bert Wheeler is the little fellow with the curly hair; Robert Woolsey is the skinny guy with the cigar & glasses) are always tremendous fun to watch, but the viewer who tries to find anything meaningful or coherent in this film would be wasting their time. However, in its own goofy way, DIPLOMANIACS holds its own against DUCK SOUP & MILLION DOLLAR LEGS, two contemporary films with which it shares an hysterical point of view.

The Boys are given a fine supporting cast, each of whom get to shine for a few moments, as they are given no chance for any real character development: Louis Calhern as the suave master spy; Edgar Kennedy as the harried head of the Peace Conference; elderly Richard Carle as an inebriated ship's captain; spunky little Marjorie White as Wheeler's violent love interest, choking him into submission (a very funny comedienne nearly forgotten today, a tragic car wreck would claim her life two years after the release of this film); and Hugh Herbert as an inscrutable proverb-spouting Oriental. Movie mavens will spot Charlie Hall as an eager beaver valet.

Wheeler & White fight their way through `Sing To Me' - while the Boys vocalize with `On The Boulevard' and `No More War.'

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