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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 »

Directors:

Andrew L. Stone, Friz Freleng (uncredited)

Writers:

Frederick J. Jackson (screenplay) (as Frederick Jackson), Edmund L. Hartmann (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolphe Menjou ... Col. Hector Phyffe
Martha Scott ... Janie Prescott Phyffe
Pola Negri ... Genya Smetana
Dennis O'Keefe ... Sonny Phyffe
Billie Burke ... Liza Prescott
June Havoc ... Leslie Quayle
Walter Kingsford ... Senator Jummy Simpson
Barton Hepburn Barton Hepburn ... Peter Warrington III
Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa ... Tony Spinelli
Marek Windheim Marek Windheim ... Pianist
Eddie Marr ... Michael Angelo
Paul Porcasi ... Impressario
Lorraine Miller ... Director's Friend
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Boughton
Bert Roach ... Husband, Taxi Cab Bit
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Storyline

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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His bride was EVERYTHING he thought she was...and an air-raid warden besides!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Included in Quentin Tarantino's list of favorite movies of all time. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

Foreward.. 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". See more »

Connections

Featured in Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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
21 July 2013 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamonds and Crime See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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