Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
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Absent from films since 1938 (except as producer of a brace of RKO Radio features), silent-screen comedy favorite Harold Lloyd returned before the cameras in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock. The project began as a labor of love between Lloyd and the brilliant, innovative producer/writer/director Preston Sturges. Though these two comedy geniuses eventually had a stylistic falling out, resulting in an uneven, spasmodically dreary film, on the whole Harold Diddlebock is well worth having. Sturges
Jan 1, 1947 Wide
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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
- Wormy: [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?!
- Wormy: And what a puma!
- Jake the Bartender: Well, drown my kittens!
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