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Diplomaniacs (1933)

Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers. When suddenly a white man asks for a shave, several Indians of the ... See full summary »

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William A. Seiter

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play), Henry Myers (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Willy Nilly
Robert Woolsey ... Hercules Grub
Marjorie White ... Dolores
Phyllis Barry ... Fifi
Louis Calhern ... Winkelreid
Hugh Herbert ... Chinaman
Edgar Kennedy ... Chairman - Peace Conference
Richard Carle ... Ship's Captain
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Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers. When suddenly a white man asks for a shave, several Indians of the Oopadoop nation also enter, hearing the usual barbershop banter about foreign debts, they force them to be ambassadors of their nation at the Peace conference in Geneva. Ammunition industry executive Winkelreid is scheming to prevent their mission becoming an success, but the vamp Dolores aboard the ship fails, falling in love with Nilly, and so does Fifi, the toughest person of the world in Paris, falling for Glub. Although Winkelreid is able to steal their secret papers, Nilly and Glub don't give up after being reminded by constant observation of their Indians and enter the Peace conference, which turns out to be a battlefield... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Red See more »

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Budget:

$242,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Willy Nilly: What do you think of the Einstein theory?
Hercules Glub: The Einstein theory? They'll never be able to enforce it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: There are three important things we should know about the noble red man... an Indian never shaves, because he has no beard, he has no left whisker, and he has no right whisker. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

No More War
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu
Performed by Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Marjorie White, Phyllis Barry and chorus
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Shades of "Duck Soup"
23 May 1999 | by Matt-110See all my reviews

This riotous, politically incorrect classic has a lot in common with the Marx Brother's film "Duck Soup". Consider: (1) Both films were released in 1933. (2) Both films had a strong anti-war message to them. (3) Both films starred Louis Calhern and Edgar Kennedy. (4) Both films had hilarious musical numbers in them. A film that is unjustly forgotten today, it has a lot of bizarre, but wonderful moments in it. The film opens with Wheeler & Woolsey as barbers on an Indian reservation. The Indians recruit the boys to attend the Geneva Peace Conference and convince all of the other countries to pledge to end war. However, the owners of an ammunition company sets out to stop them. A delight!


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