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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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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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Harold Diddlebock: Why don't you give the gentleman a drink instead of letting him stand there with his tongue hanging out!
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"... 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 »

Soundtracks

Willian Tell Overture
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played during the horse race scene
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One of the greatest comedies ever
21 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Calling this film brilliant isn't strong enough. The Dylan lyric "to laugh and cry in a single sound" fits because at the end of the film if your heartstrings are not being strummed then you may not be living.

Lloyd is an everyman squashed by life who encounters a bartender and asks for his first drink, ever. The bartender rises to the challenge and... well, Lloyd spends part of the film piecing together what he did after consuming it... I'm telling you, this film is BRILLIANT. The way it's shot, the acting, the brilliant casting, the writing all work together in a way that has no equal in cinema; the silent version of "The Thief of Baghdad" comes to mind for its sense of unbridled fun and its soaring spirit. This is so much more than a comedy, at some point the movie glides past that label and really grabs the brass ring, you know what I mean?

Truly brilliant, highest possible recommendation.


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