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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.

Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
Produced byMerian C. Cooper (executive producer)
Sam Jaffe (associate producer)
Written byJoseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay and story)
Henry Myers (screenplay)
StarringWheeler and Woolsey
Marjorie White
Phyllis Barry
Hugh Herbert
Edgar Kennedy
Music byHarry Akst (music and lyrics)
Edward Eliscu (music and lyrics)
Bernhard Kaun (orchestration)
Eddie Sharpe (orchestration)
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Edited byWilliam Hamilton
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • April 29, 1933 (1933-04-29)[1]
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$461,000[2]



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.


Box officeEdit

According to RKO records, the film made a profit of $65,000.[2]


  1. ^ "Diplomaniacs: Technical Details". Archived from the original on April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p56

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