Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

Sin of Harold Diddlebock




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Movie Info

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.

Rating: G
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Preston Sturges
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2005



as Harold Diddlebock

as E.J. Waggleberry

as Wild Bill Hitchcock

as Frances Otis

as Manicurist

as Formfit Franklin

as Wild Bill Hitchcock

as Prof. Potelle

as James R. Smoke

as Jerimah P. Blackston

as Bearded lady

as Snake Charmer

as Doorman

as Banker Sargent

as Banker with glasses

as Banker McDuff

as Coachman Thomas

as Coach from 'The Fres...

as Football rooter

as Desk sergeant

as Lucky Leopold

as A Reveler

as Blonde Woman

as Smoke's Secretary

as Police captain

as Desk Sergeant

as Ringling Bros. Repre...

as Man Who Bumps into H...

as Man Who Bumps into H...

as Bootblack
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Critic Reviews for Sin of Harold Diddlebock

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Abetted by some excellent dialog from Sturges' pen, Lloyd handles his role in his usual funny fashion.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Top Critic

The film is studded with gems, many of them contributed verbally by the Sturges stock company.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... it's saved by a few inspired flashes of comedy sprinkled throughout.

Full Review… | August 20, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Flat later Harold Lloyd who is really out on a ledge here

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Funny, fascinating, flawed attempt by Preston Sturges to revive Lloyd's career.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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?

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

A delightfully inventive and utterly bonkers attempt on the part of Sturges to try and revive Lloyd's career. It's far from Sturges' or Lloyd's best work (in fact, there are long stretches, especially in the second half, that feel utterly disastrous), but there are flashes of brilliance and scenes of exquisite, delirious Sturges madness (Harold's declaration of love is the highlight--besides, of course, the extended prologue from "The Freshman"), and it's hard not to at least admire the effort and appreciate the oddity of the piece.

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