Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
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The sequel to The Freshman, this film follows the events that befall a man when he is fired from his job and forced to start his career over again. This film was edited and re-released in 1950 under the title Mad Wednesday.
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Critic Reviews for Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Abetted by some excellent dialog from Sturges' pen, Lloyd handles his role in his usual funny fashion.
The film is studded with gems, many of them contributed verbally by the Sturges stock company.
Sturges's restored original version is a major rediscovery: a loving and gentle essay on Lloyd's screen character, laced with poignant observations about middle age.
... it's saved by a few inspired flashes of comedy sprinkled throughout.
Flat later Harold Lloyd who is really out on a ledge here
Funny, fascinating, flawed attempt by Preston Sturges to revive Lloyd's career.
Audience Reviews for Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Another hilarious film from my favorite silent film clown, Harold Lloyd. And this time, it's with sound. Harold plays the title character, who gets fired from his job after 22 years, is talked into his first alcoholic drink, which turns into lots of them, wins a bunch of money on the horses after betting his severance pay, ane then buys a cash-poor circus with his winnings. The rest of the film details his efforts to get rid of the circus.
This has all the stuff you expect from Lloyd -- Mr. Everyman in trouble, unrequited love, and crazy stunts. Especially fun was getting to hear his comic timing with dialogue after years of his silent antics. Best scene: the "morning after", when Harold wakes up on his sister Flora's (played by damn-near twin Margaret Hamilton) sofa, and tries to explain to her the previous day's events that he doesn't entirely recall himself.
There have been lots of comedy films about guys recovering from benders and trying recall their actions, but this is the the best I've seen. One downside -- the copy I saw (on TCM of all places) was terrible. Looked like it was filmed with a camera from a gumball machine and a Vaseline-covered lens. Someone really needs to look into restoring this wonderful film. TCM, are you listening?
Sin of Harold Diddlebock Quotes
- [gives a listing of all the animals Diddlebock now owns via his acquisition of the circus, ending with] ...and a puma.
- Algernon McNiff:
- A puma?!
- And what a puma!
- Jake the Bartender:
- Well, drown my kittens!
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