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Hi Diddle Diddle (August 2, 1943)

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Hi Diddle Diddle
 

Released on August 2, 1943: (running time 1 hour and 13 minutes) During World War Two, a sailor on a 48 hour leave tries to marry his sweetheart and enjoy a night of wedded bliss.

Produced by Andrew L. Stone

Directed by Andrew L. Stone

The Actors: Adolphe Menjou (Colonel Hector Phyffe), Martha Scott (Janie Prescott Phyffe), Dennis O'Keefe (Sonny Phyffe), June Havoc (Lesie Quayle, torch singer at the 59 Club), Billie Burke (Liza Prescott, Janie's mother), Pola Negri (Genya Smetana), Walter Kingsford (Senator Jimmy Simpson), Barton Hepburn (Peter Warrington III), Georges Metaxa (Tony Spinelli, owner of the 59 Club), Lorraine Miller (Director's Friend), Eddie Marr (Michael Angelo, croupier at the 59 Club), Paul Porcasi (Impressario), Marek Windheim (pianist), Richard Hageman (Boughton), Bert Roach (husband in the taxi cab scene), Chick Chandler (Saunders), Ellen Lowe (Flory), Barry Macollum (Angus), Joe Devlin (Dan Hannigan, 59 Club bartender), Hal K. Dawson (Doctor Agnew), Andrew Tombes (Mike), Byron Foulger (Watson), Ann Hunter (Sandra), Bobby Barber (saloon waiter), Don Brodie (George Bronson), Jack Carr (Bill, bartender), Jack Chefe (waiter), Kernan Cripps (brokerage firm guard), Bess Flowers (wedding guest), Jack Gardner (first reporter), Jody Gilbert (agitated wife), Buddy Gorman (brokerage firm office boy), Mike Lally (roulette player), Matt McHugh (second reporter), Harold Miller (wedding guest), Sidney Miller (Benny), Neyle Morrow (newsboy), Henry Norton (wedding guest), Tom Quinn (brokerage firm employee), Harry Tyler (brokerage firm teller), Leonard Walker (Club 59 bandleader)

 
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Usually I try to explain just enough of the story plot to tease you into watching, but today I will tell you NOTHING about the story plot. Not because I don’t want to, but because any attempt would be futile. Sure, there is a story plot that weaves our characters together from beginning to end, but this movie is very different from movies made up to this time, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it before or since. This movie contains so many unusual elements that I think it may be unique in the history of motion pictures.

Breaking the fourth wall is a term used to explain when an actor faces the camera and talks to the audience. It is unusual in early motion pictures, and possibly a first in 1943, but this movie breaks that wall a couple of times.

Adding cartoon animation on the same screen interacting with live actors is unusual outside the Disney empire, and I’m not sure when they began doing this, but it happens in this movie.

The 1973 movie “The Sting” kept us enchanted as a group of con-men designed an elaborate scheme to elegantly steal money, but this movie from thirty years earlier includes a sting operation that is as impressive and elegant as any put on film. By the way, a 'diddle' is 1943 slang for a confidence swindle, thus our Hi Diddle Diddle title.

Comic sexual double entendre in motion pictures is not new, but this movie piles them up so high that we wonder what could be next. Besides the double entendre, I’ve never seen a scene about actor double-takes like the one in the 59 Club. And then the taxi cab scene – You’ve got to see it to believe it. Only a dead person could watch this story without breaking out into a belly-laugh. They will get you one way or another, but you will laugh.

Finally, there is something that I have never seen before or since. There is a blonde girl, actress Lorraine Miller, who appears in the movie many, many times. She is walking down the street and winking at Adolphe Menjou. She is the secretary at the stock brokerage house. She is a guest at the wedding. Sheesh, I’ve forgotten how many times she has walked onto the scene and then off again, each time as a different character. Maybe one of you can count them for me, but I lost count. Anytime a pretty blonde shows her face to the camera in a peculiar way and then walks away or is removed from the scene by a camera swing, that is Lorraine Miller. The characters will sometimes remark that she looks very familiar, and then move on.

Some of the comments that you might miss relate to the time period of the movie. We are in 1943, in the middle of World War Two. Many products, including most food items, are strictly rationed and cannot be purchased without a proper coupon. Our Navy groom is on a 48 hour leave from the war, and intends to marry his sweetheart before returning to the sea to fight in the war. What are the chances that he will have a normal wedding and wedding night? Slim to none, and slim left on the last train. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Martha Scott and Dennis O'Keefe
Martha Scott and Dennis O'Keefe
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou and Harry Tyler
Adolphe Menjou and Harry Tyler
Adolphe Menjou and Martha Scott
Adolphe Menjou and Martha Scott
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Barton Hepburn
Barton Hepburn
Barton Hepburn, Billie Burke, Martha Scott and Walter Kingsford
Barton Hepburn, Billie Burke, Martha Scott and Walter Kingsford
Barton Hepburn and Byron Foulger
Barton Hepburn and Byron Foulger
Barton Hepburn and Dennis O'Keefe
Barton Hepburn and Dennis O'Keefe
Bert Roach
Bert Roach
Billie Burke
Billie Burke
Billie Burke and Eddie Marr
Billie Burke and Eddie Marr
Billie Burke and Martha Scott
Billie Burke and Martha Scott
Billie Burke and Walter Kingsford
Billie Burke and Walter Kingsford
Billie Burke and Martha Scott
Billie Burke and Martha Scott
Billie Burke
Billie Burke
Dennis O'Keefe and Adolphe Menjou
Dennis O'Keefe and Adolphe Menjou
Dennis O'Keefe and Billie Burke
Dennis O'Keefe and Billie Burke
Dennis O'Keefe and Adolphe Menjou
Dennis O'Keefe and Adolphe Menjou
Eddie Marr
Eddie Marr
Ellen Lowe
Ellen Lowe
Jack Carr
Jack Carr
Jack Carr
Jack Carr
Joe Devlin and Barton Hepburn
Joe Devlin and Barton Hepburn
June Havoc
June Havoc
June Havoc and Adolphe Menjou
June Havoc and Adolphe Menjou
June Havoc and Barton Hepburn
June Havoc and Barton Hepburn
Juen Havoc and Dennis O'Keefe
Juen Havoc and Dennis O'Keefe
June Havoc kisses Adolphe Menjou
June Havoc kisses Adolphe Menjou
June Havoc
June Havoc
June Havoc and Adolphe Menjou
June Havoc and Adolphe Menjou
Juen Havoc
Juen Havoc
Leonard Walker
Leonard Walker
Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller
Martha Scott
Martha Scott
Martha Scott and Bert Roach
Martha Scott and Bert Roach
Martha Scott and Billie Burke
Martha Scott and Billie Burke
Martha Scott, Dennis O'Keefe and Ellen Lowe
Martha Scott, Dennis O'Keefe and Ellen Lowe
Martha Scott and Dennis O'Keefe
Martha Scott and Dennis O'Keefe
Martha Scott, Walter Kingsford and Billie Burke
Martha Scott, Walter Kingsford and Billie Burke
Martha Scott
Martha Scott
Mike Lally
Mike Lally
Paul Porcasi
Paul Porcasi
Paul Porcasi and Pola Negri
Paul Porcasi and Pola Negri
Pola Negri
Pola Negri
Pola Negri and Adolphe Menjou
Pola Negri and Adolphe Menjou
Pola Negri and June Havoc
Pola Negri and June Havoc
Pola Negri and Marek Windheim
Pola Negri and Marek Windheim
Pola Negri and Martha Scott
Pola Negri and Martha Scott
Pola Negri, Paul Porcasi, Marek Windeim and Adolphe Menjou
Pola Negri, Paul Porcasi, Marek Windeim and Adolphe Menjou
Pola Negri and Paul Porcasi
Pola Negri and Paul Porcasi
Pola Negri
Pola Negri
Richard Hageman and Byron Foulger
Richard Hageman and Byron Foulger
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford