Friday, May 6, 2011

Day #21,688

Walk 7399-7401: running errands

Movie #1654: Hi Diddle Diddle (1943, Andrew L Stone)

Pola Negri starts singing Wagner and everyone joins in

This Andrew L Stone sure is a master of all genres. I just finished watching his "Ring Of Fire" a few days back (drama of teenage delinquents) and now "Hi Diddle Diddle" (the screwiest of the screwball comedies). It's hard to imagine any other director who has made two movies more diverse than these.
The plot here is useless but of no concern as the whole thing is packed with all kinds of goofy situations and clever one liners. The best bit is the woman who keeps popping up all over the place. Someone says "I've seen her somewhere before". Someone else says "yes, she's a friend of the director - he puts her in any scene he can find a place for her". This predates Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Robbe-Grillet by a good 20 years.

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