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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jimmy Conlin ...
Raymond Walburn ...
E.J. Waggleberry
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Lynn Sargent
Edgar Kennedy ...
Jake (Bartender)
Arline Judge ...
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
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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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

During the scene were Harold Lloyd's character meets Jackie the lion, on the first take when Harold pets Jackie, the lion actually bit him on his right hand. But Harold was not injured at all because the lion's teeth scraped against his two prosthetic fingers. After that, Harold refused to pet the lion ever again on or off screen, and in the second take which was used for the film, Harold's terrified squirming over the lion standing next to him is genuine. See more »

Goofs

When Diddlebock reaches for Jacky's lead with his foot and knocks it over the edge, Jacky is standing up close to the wall. The next shot immediately after shows Jacky sitting down. See more »

Quotes

Jake: [when asked to prepare Harold's very first alcoholic beverage] You arouse the artist in me.
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Can-Can
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Music by Jacques Offenbach
Played during the can-can scene
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Harold Lloyd in his last picture

In 1947 Preston Sturges and Harold Lloyd worked together and they came up with The Sin of Harold Diddlebock.It's a sequel for Lloyd's silent film classic The Freshman (1925).After this movie Mr.Lloyd retired from the movie business.In his last picture Harold plays a clerk who's fired from his job after twenty years.He ends up to a bar drinking and the man goes crazy.Also a lion in tow gets in a picture and lots of other funny stuff happens on a way.This movie may not be the best of Harold Lloyd, not even close, but it's mighty entertaining.And because of Harold Lloyd this movie works much better than it would have with some average comedian.Lloyd was far from average.He was Lonesome Luke and he was Glasses, which was the character that made him immortal.Lloyd may steal the show in this movie, but there are other great actors there.I could mention Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn, Rudy Wallee and Edgar Kennedy.I recommend you to watch this film from 60 years back.For the Harold Lloyd fans it's a must.


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