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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | 4 April 1947 (USA)
Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Conlin ...
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E.J. Waggleberry
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Lynn Sargent
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Jake (Bartender)
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Manicurist
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Formfit Franklin
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Max
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Flora
Jack Norton ...
James R. Smoke
Robert Dudley ...
Robert McDuffy
Arthur Hoyt ...
J.P. Blackstone
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Robert Greig ...
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Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job destroys that dream, and when he finds a particularly potent drink at his local bar, he goes on a very strange and funny rampage (with a lion in tow). Written by Kathy Li

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clerk | bar | lion | drink | loss of job | See All (18) »

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Mad Wednesday!! Written and Directed by the one and only Preston Sturges who gave you "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek", "The Great McGinty", and other smash hits! (1950 reissue poster). See more »

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4 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Wednesday  »

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$1,712,959 (estimated)
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| (1950 re-release) | (2005 DVD release)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was Howard Hughes, Preston Sturges' partner in California Pictures Corporation, who re-cut the film and retitled it "Mad Wednesday" - not Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn, as has long been believed. See more »

Goofs

When Diddlebock is reaching for Jacky's lead on the ledge, the overhead shot from behind shows Jacky's legs close to the wall. The closer shot (from the front) shows Diddlebock reaching between Jacky's legs, with Jacky's feet now on the edge. See more »

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Harold Diddlebock: Everyman is the architect of his own fortune.
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Crazy Credits

"... and for the first time a young girl called Frances Ramsden playing the youngest Miss Otis" See more »

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Edited from The Freshman (1925) See more »

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Can-Can
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from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Played during the can-can scene
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Seminal, Brilliant, Heartbreaking
28 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This film drags in some parts, and Lloyd I think puts off some modern viewers. The first time I watched it I thought it was the film equivalent of seeing Ali vs. Andre the Giant. But Sturges' brilliance is in here, and the degree to which it is derived from Lloyd is paid homage to in a wonderful, dark, surreal way. How can you not love a film that starts with the last moments of Lloyd's The Freshman and then shows the hero turned into a mail room stooge who gets buried by the corporate system? The ending is wonderfully hypnotic, happy? Well as is always the case, the poor down trodden guy figures out how to operate the machine just enough to produce his own deus ex machina. Sturges and Lloyd look more brilliant and visionary than ever from the vantage point of post-Enron, MCI, etc.


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