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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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Comedy | Musical

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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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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 »

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

Soundtracks

I LOVED YOU TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
Written by Phil Boutelje and Foster Carling
Performed by June Havoc
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Fascinating cast in clever comedy that never takes itself too seriously
10 August 2016 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Sailor Dennis O'Keefe has a two-day shore leave and the wedding is all planned out by bride Martha Scott and her family. Unfortunately, O'Keefe's ship comes in late and that delay is followed by the discovery that Scott's mother has been swindled out of her fortune....Can they manage to get hitched before O'Keefe is called back to his ship?

O'Keefe and Scott are attractive and funny, and Adolph Menjou is outstanding as O'Keefe's father, a con man who means well but never quite hits it big. Menjou vows to help restore the lost fortune and sets about using his connections at the casino.

A wonderful and unique supporting cast includes Billie Burke as Scott's mother, cheerfully goofy as always; June Havoc as a spirited song-and-dance girl who helps Menjou out; and Pola Negri as a temperamental opera singer who loves Wagner ("She half wildcat!" a casino employee exclaims—a clever nod to Negri's wacky 1921 picture The Wildcat.)

The plot itself is just okay but much enhanced by memorable little bits that surprise and delight. One such moment features Burke and friends sitting around a nightclub table practicing doing double takes; another is the musical number in which Havoc duets with a movie of herself. Then there's the slinky babe who keeps popping up in different scenes for no apparent reason—until Burke finally fills us in: "She's a very particular friend of the director who's making this picture. He sticks her in every scene he can."

It doesn't aim too high but it sure is lots of fun.


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