Hi Diddle Diddle

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In the tradition of Hellzapoppin', Hi Diddle Diddle is an all-stops-out "screwball comedy" populated by certifiable zanies. Billie Burke plays Mrs. Prescott, the featherbrained mother of bride-to-be Janie Prescott (Martha Scott). When Mrs. P is swindled out of her life savings, Colonel Phyffe (Adolphe Menjou), the con-man father of Janie's fiancé Sonny (Dennis O'Keefe), vows to get her money back -- by any means possible. The plotline is merely an excuse for a series of wild nonsequitur visual and verbal gags, culminating in a cute reverse-cliché finale. Making her first Hollywood appearance in years, silent screen star Pola Negri is hilariously cast as Phyffe's opera-star wife Genya Smetana. Best bits: Mrs. Prescott revealing that a recurring female character is a "special friend of the director"; Leslie Quayle (June Havoc singing a duet with herself); and an outrageous scene in which the wallpaper comes to life during a eardrum-shattering family sing-along (the animation was provided by the Warner Bros. cartoon staff).

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Dennis O'Keefe
as Sonny Phyffe
Martha Scott
as Janie Prescott
Adolphe Menjou
as Col. Hector Phyffe
Pola Negri
as Genya Smetana
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Prescott
June Havoc
as Leslie Quayle
Walter Kingsford
as Sen. Simpson
Barton Hepburn
as Peter Warrington III
George Metaxa
as Spinelli
Eddie Marr
as Croupier
Paul Porcasi
as Impresario
Bert Roach
as Fat Man
Chick Chandler
as Chauffeur
Joe Devlin
as Bartender
Hal K. Dawson
as Minister
Ann Hunter
as Sandra
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Critic Reviews for Hi Diddle Diddle

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  • A raucously entertaining spitfire of a movie that barely clocks over 70 minutes, the film emulates the bourgeois gentility of classic screwball comedies while channeling the anarchic silliness of 1940s Hollywood comedies.

    Jul 6, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Inane but enjoyable wartime screwball comedy about newlyweds whose honeymoon is ruined and saved by the groom's lovable scoundrel con artist father.

    Sep 11, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hi Diddle Diddle

  • Feb 07, 2009
    one of Tarantino's top 5...film jokes and Pola Negri's performance are the best parts
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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