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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 »

Director:

Preston Sturges

Writer:

Preston Sturges (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Diddlebock
Jimmy Conlin ... Wormy
Raymond Walburn ... E.J. Waggleberry
Rudy Vallee ... Lynn Sargent
Edgar Kennedy ... Jake the Bartender
Arline Judge ... Manicurist
Franklin Pangborn ... Formfit Franklin
Lionel Stander ... Max
Margaret Hamilton ... Flora
Jack Norton ... James R. Smoke
Robert Dudley ... Robert McDuffy
Arthur Hoyt ... J.P. Blackstone
Julius Tannen ... Nearsighted Banker
Al Bridge ... Wild Bill Hickock
Robert Greig ... Algernon McNiff
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad Wednesday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,712,959 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

California Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1950 re-release) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Diddlebock, in his speech in the bar, mentions the "echo of the thundering herd". The "thundering herd" is the nickname of the football team of Marshall University, West Virginia. 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

Wormy: What you need is a drink.
Harold Diddlebock: No, I never touch it. I never have. It runs in my family, not to. The demon rum...
Wormy: I tell you what I'm going to do, since you've been so generous and all...
Harold Diddlebock: No. No. I tell you I have never in my whole life...
Wormy: You're never too old to learn.
Harold Diddlebock: You can't teach an old dog, new tricks.
Wormy: Every dog is entitled to one bite.
Harold Diddlebock: Let sleeping dogs lie.
Wormy: A barking dog never bites!
Harold Diddlebock: He who sleepeth with dogs, rises with fleas!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Originally released at 90 minutes; was then re-edited and re-released in a shorter 79-minutes version under the title "Mad Wednesday" in 1950. See more »

Connections

Edited from The Freshman (1925) 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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Seminal, Brilliant, Heartbreaking
28 September 2003 | by robwms63See all my reviews

This film drags in some parts, and Lloyd I think puts off some modern viewers. The first time I watched it I thought it was the film equivalent of seeing Ali vs. Andre the Giant. But Sturges' brilliance is in here, and the degree to which it is derived from Lloyd is paid homage to in a wonderful, dark, surreal way. How can you not love a film that starts with the last moments of Lloyd's The Freshman and then shows the hero turned into a mail room stooge who gets buried by the corporate system? The ending is wonderfully hypnotic, happy? Well as is always the case, the poor down trodden guy figures out how to operate the machine just enough to produce his own deus ex machina. Sturges and Lloyd look more brilliant and visionary than ever from the vantage point of post-Enron, MCI, etc.


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