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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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E.J. Waggleberry
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Lynn Sargent
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Jake (Bartender)
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Formfit Franklin
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Max
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Flora
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James R. Smoke
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Robert McDuffy
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J.P. Blackstone
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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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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) See more »

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Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »
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4 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Wednesday  »

Box Office

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

Quotes

Frances Otis: Don't talk nonsense, Mr. Diddlebock. Don't be depressed. The day is always darkest...
Harold Diddlebock: I know, just before the cyclone.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Film Breaks: The Silent Comics (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Poet and Peasant Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played during the scene at Smoke's office
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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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