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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

 -  Comedy  -  4 April 1947 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Conlin ...
Wormy
Raymond Walburn ...
E.J. Waggleberry
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Lynn Sargent
Edgar Kennedy ...
Jake (Bartender)
Arline Judge ...
Manicurist
Franklin Pangborn ...
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
Julius Tannen ...
Nearsighted Banker
Al Bridge ...
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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Yes Sir! Wednesday was WILD! Wednesday was RUGGED! THE WILDEST WACKIEST MOST HILARIOUS AND COMPLETELY BOLLIXED-UP DAY YOU EVER HEARD OF! (original print ad - mostly caps)

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Comedy

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4 April 1947 (USA)  »

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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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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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Jake: [when asked to prepare Harold's very first alcoholic beverage] You arouse the artist in me.
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Willian Tell Overture
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A strange film. Written and directed by the brilliant filmmaker Preston Sturges, and starring silent film comedian Harold Lloyd (about 20 years after his prime), this movie tells the story of a college football hero who settles into a rut as he reaches middle age. Suddenly fired from his dead-end job, the milquetoasty Mr. Diddlebock uses his severance money to break out of his rut, embark on a series of adventures over a wild two or three days alongside a chance acquaintance, the aptly named Wormy (played by Sturges regular Jimmy Conlin), and pursue the woman of his dreams.

Even though this film lacks some of the subtlety, sophistication and polish of some of Preston Sturges' earlier work, it nevertheless (in true Sturges fashion) hides away some pretty heady ideas about growing old, taking chances, and living life to the fullest. this film, a minor entry in the Sturges catalog, would have been the crowning achievement in the career of anyone else. Watch this one, if only to find out what Harold really did on Wednesday!


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