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Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 2 August 1943 (USA)
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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Janie Prescott Phyffe
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Genya Smetana
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Sonny Phyffe
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Liza Prescott
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Leslie Quayle
Walter Kingsford ...
Senator Jummy Simpson
Barton Hepburn ...
Peter Warrington III
Georges Metaxa ...
Marek Windheim ...
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Eddie Marr ...
Michael Angelo
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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 failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Col. Hector Phyffe: [seeing his wife appear unexpectedly as he is kissing another woman] My wife! Stand by to render first aid!
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I LOVED YOU TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
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Very Very Funny
28 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A B film but a very funny comedy starring Martha Scott and Dennis O'Keefe as newlyweds who get caught up in the schemes of daddy (Adolphe Menjou) as he tries to win back mama's (Billie Burke) money at a crooked roulette wheel. Not much on plot but very funny with Menjou's opera singer wife (Pola Negri in her first American film in more than a decade)) singing Wagner at any given moment.

The film rushes between standard comedy and weird comments to the camera. There's also a running gag about an actress who is only in the film because she's dating the director. And then there's that animated wallpaper.

Co-Stars include June Havoc, who steals the film as a nightclub singer who at one point sings a duet with herself, Walter Kingsford, Bess Flowers, Barton Hepburn, Georges Metaxa, Paul Porcasi, Harry Tyler, Matt McHugh, and Bert Roach. as the flustered cab rider.

The real interest here is of course Pola Negri in a talkie ... and she's very funny indeed and looks great.


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