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Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  2 August 1943 (USA)
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When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Janie Prescott Phyffe
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Genya Smetana
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Sonny Phyffe
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Liza Prescott
Walter Kingsford ...
Senator Jummy Simpson
Barton Hepburn ...
Peter Warrington III
Georges Metaxa ...
Eddie Marr ...
Michael Angelo, Croupier
Paul Porcasi ...
Impressario
Bert Roach ...
Husband, Taxi Cab Bit
Chick Chandler ...
Saunders, Hector's Chauffeur
Lorraine Miller ...
Director's Friend
Marek Windheim ...
Pianist
Richard Hageman ...
Boughton
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When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer, while placating a jealous wife. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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2 August 1943 (USA)  »

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Diamonds and Crime  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 4, 1943 with Martha Scott and Dennis O'Keefe reprising their film roles. See more »

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[first title card]
Title Card: This is a factual and authentic document based on actual conditions existing in the world today. It is admittedly propaganda. It is a picture with a purpose. Try to find it.
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THE MAN WITH THE BIG SOMBRERO
Written by Phil Boutelje and Foster Carling
Performed by June Havoc
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Cleverly Made Screwball Comedy With Music
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This film starts out differently, with an animated sequence before the opening credits. This is the first of several off-beat touches which makes Hi Diddle Diddle an enjoyable film. Pola Negri, former silent star from Valentino's day registers well here as a temperamental opera star. Not only is her voice understandable, but it is downright good here. She is also still quite beautiful in 1943, and it seems a pity that she did not have a bigger career in sound films. The rest of the cast, headed by Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott, Dennis O'Keefe and Billie Burke are all in top form, and a special mention for a musical sequence featuring June Havoc singing along with herself on a soundie screen. There are some good belly laughs to be had and, all in all, this is a charming piece of forties fluff which will whizz by painlessly enough.


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