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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Col. Hector Phyffe
... Janie Prescott Phyffe
... Genya Smetana
... Sonny Phyffe
... Liza Prescott
... Leslie Quayle
... Senator Jummy Simpson
Barton Hepburn ... Peter Warrington III
Georges Metaxa ... Tony Spinelli
Marek Windheim ... Pianist
Eddie Marr ... Michael Angelo
... Impressario
... Director's Friend
Richard Hageman ... Boughton
... Husband, Taxi Cab Bit
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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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[Looking at hat check girl]
Senator Simpson: You know, I've seen that girl somewhere before.
Liza Prescott: She's a very particular friend of the director who's making this picture. He sticks her in every scene he can.
Janie Prescott: Mother, shh! Somebody might hear you.
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Soundtracks

The Pilgrim's Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Tannhauser"
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Pola Negri, Billie Burke, Paul Porcasi, Lorraine Miller and others
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Cleverly Made Screwball Comedy With Music
21 July 2013 | by See 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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