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


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Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) and
Henry Myers (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
12 May 1933 (USA) See more »
Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Crew verified as complete

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61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Preserved by the Library of Congress.See more »
Hercules Glub:You speak-um English?
Indian Chief:Not terribly fluently. I was at Oxford for four years, and while I'm fairly conversant with the classics, my ear has not yet become attuned to your Americanisms.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
truly, truly, silly, 19 January 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

"Diplomaniacs" certainly lives up to its daft title and this movie probably was one of the silliest of the Wheeler and Woolsey collaborations in the 1930s. The boys find themselves this time uprooted from their Indian reservation barber's shop (where the Indians don't need shaving and only ever seem to say 'oompah', that is, except the Chief who went to Oxford), and sent to stop all wars at the Geneva Peace Conference.

Cue a swipe at every possible stereotype concerning the various peoples and countries of the world, from the Chinaman who wants to return to his wife, who he hates; to the Swiss national costume (don't ask), and even a number, 'No More War', in blackface! And Robert Woolsey even surfaces from sleep with a cigar; the guy must have gone through hundreds of them...

The songs, more of them than usual for one of their movies, are high points amongst the bizarre plot (including one sequence where Bert Wheeler recreates his old vaudeville act with 'Annie Laurie'). In support, Phyllis Barry is a hoot as smoke-breathing siren Fifi, while Marjorie White sizzles as Bert's violent love interest (brilliant number for them in 'Sing to Me'). Louis Calhern and Hugh Herbert also appear.

I know that this movie in particular annoys some commentators who see it as politically incorrect, but viewed in the context of the time, and accepting its mischevious spirit, it has enough good points to keep it watchable today. An excellent comedy classic!

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