DirectorWilliam A. Seiter Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateApril 29, 1933 (1933-04-29) WriterJoseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play), Henry Myers (screen play), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (from an original story by) Music directorMax Steiner, Roy Webb, Edward Eliscu, Harry Akst ScreenplayJoseph L. Mankiewicz, Henry Myers CastBert Wheeler (Willy), Robert Woolsey (Hercules), Marjorie White (Dolores), Phyllis Barry (Fifi), Louis Calhern (Winkelreid), Hugh Herbert (Chinaman) Similar moviesBroadway Scandals, The Camera Speaks, Prometheus... banker, The Unchastened Woman
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Diplomaniacs is a 1933 American pre-Code film starring Wheeler and Woolsey. The film in noted for its absurdist political satire, somewhat in the manner of Million Dollar Legs or Duck Soup, both of which were released within a year of Diplomaniacs.
The film concerns itself with the adventures of two men who have set up a failing business as barbers on an Indian reservation. When they are sent by the tribe as representatives to a peace conference in Europe, unbeknownst to them they face constant threats from other attendees. In particular, a group of armaments manufacturers want to ensure that the peace conference is a failure, and do everything they can to sabotage it.
Bert Wheeler as Willy Nilly
Robert Woolsey as Hercules Glub
Marjorie White as Dolores
Phyllis Barry as Fifi
Louis Calhern as Winklereid
Hugh Herbert as Chow-Chow, the China Man
Edgar Kennedy as Chairman of the Peace Conference
Richard Carle as Ship's Captain
William Irving as Schmerzenpuppen
Neely Edwards as Puppenschmerzen
Billy Bletcher as Schmerzenschmerzen
Ted Hart as Puppenpuppen
Edward Cooper as Indian Chief
According to RKO records, the film made a profit of $65,000.