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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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Andrew L. Stone

Writers:

Frederick J. Jackson (screenplay) (as Frederick Jackson), Edmund L. Hartmann (story) | 1 more credit »
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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The TV-like machine on which June Havoc is shown performing "The Man with the Big Sombrero" is a "Panoram," a video jukebox that showed short films of popular bands and entertainers during the 1940's. The films shown on it were called "Soundies" and were essentially the music videos of the time. 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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Soundtracks

THE MAN WITH THE BIG SOMBRERO
Written by Phil Boutelje and Foster Carling
Performed by June Havoc
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More than meets the eye
24 July 2014 | by cstotlar-1See all my reviews

This period in American movies saw such delights as "Hellzapoppin". Here the actors bring to attention that they are playing in a film. They make faces at the audience, wallpaper comes alive, there is a woman who keeps popping up in scenes where she isn't even acting. The dialog and the plot move lightning fast and there's no time at all to waste in this pleasant and often hilarious comedy. There's a wedding reception before the wedding, fortunes earned and lost in a space of minutes, a married couple disunited throughout. What's not to like? This film has been in public domain and has been copied, often badly and on stock of poor quality, so viewer beware...


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