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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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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Release Date:

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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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 »


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 »


Harold Diddlebock: As soon as I have a minute, I'll thank you for hours.
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America, the Beautiful
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Played during the presidential calendar montage
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Two very different edits of the same movie and they are both very funny.
2 June 2005 | by (Leominster Mass USA) – See all my reviews

"The Sin of Harold Diddlebock" and "Mad Wednesday" are like two twins who hate each other, so they try to change the way they look. Preston Sturges talked Harold Lloyd into coming back to movies after he had retired. Not only that but Lloyd allowed Sturges to use part of his film "The Freshman" for the opening of the film and to be an investor. Their agreement was that each had the final cut of the film. Lloyds' cut is called "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock". Sturges' is called "Mad Wednesday".

Some material is lost on both cuts and some is added. Both are utterly funny with "Mad Wednesday" being a little crazier. Rudy Vallee is almost lost in "Diddlebock" but a major character in "Wednesday". And though both end with Lloyd and Frances Ramsden (The next Mrs. Sturges) in a horse drawn carriage, the last shot of "Wednesday" has the horse singing to the lovers.

If you are interested in how two comic geniuses could shape the same material into two different pictures, then you must see them both. Silly. Funny. Absolutely must sees.

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