Hi Diddle Diddle

Two lovers have their honeymoon interrupted by crazy parents and wacky criminals in this screwball classic.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: October 26, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 71
Rating: 7/10 -- 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. Full Review
Nate Hood Reviews
Jul 6, 2019
Rating: B- -- Inane but enjoyable wartime screwball comedy about newlyweds whose honeymoon is ruined and saved by the groom's lovable scoundrel con artist father. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 11, 2014

Description by OLDIES.com:

After having many girls in every port of the world, womanizing sailor Sonny Phyffe (Dennis O'Keefe) finally meets his match with spunky Janie Prescott (Martha Scott) and the duo are promptly married. Sonny's father, retired Colonel and con-man Hector Phyffe (Adolphe Menjou) surfaces for the wedding with many new crooked schemes up his sleeve. Compounding the tension is the fact that the Colonel is the kept husband of high-strung Wagnerian opera star Genya Smelana (Pola Negri), who believes Hector to be much younger than he actually is ...and childless. Adding to the commotion is Janie's neurotic, financially-ruined mother Mrs. Prescott (Billie Burke), who is now seeking a new fortune. Sonny and Janie are all set for their honeymoon getaway when the Colonel plunges them into a comical misadventure.

Opening and closing with beautifully, wacky animated graphics and climaxing in a nutty, full cast sing-a-long to Wagner's Tannhauser, Hi Diddle Diddle is totally unfettered 40s screwball comedy performed with great gusto by an all-star cast.

Product Description:

A couple's honeymoon is interrupted by a parade of problems. The film has a cartoon sequence. Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.


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Fluffy comedy Movie Lover: from MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY US -- February, 1, 2011

Kind of a light comedy about a crazy family or two, a swindle, shore leave, marriage, and whatever. Nothing great but it has a few laughs.

Gaping plot hole, but still fun Movie Lover: from Walnut Creek, CA US -- January, 25, 2009

Opens and closes with Fritz Freling animations; Pola Negri as an overwrought opera star and Billie Burke as a terrific ditz. Nominated for best musical score Oscar. June Havoc sings a duet with herself.

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  • Sales Rank: 16,903
  • UPC: 089218453495
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