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.
Classics , Comedy
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Harold Lloyd
as Harold Diddlebock
Raymond Walburn
as E.J. Waggleberry
Al Bridge
as Wild Bill Hitchcock
Frances Ramsden
as Frances Otis
Arline Judge
as Manicurist
Franklin Pangborn
as Formfit Franklin
Alan Bridge
as Wild Bill Hitchcock
Torben Meyer
as Barber
Victor Potel
as Prof. Potelle
Jack Norton
as James R. Smoke
Arthur Hoyt
as Jerimah P. Blackston
Georgia Caine
as Bearded lady
Gladys Forrest
as Snake Charmer
Max Wagner
as Doorman
Rudy Vallee
as Banker Sargent
Julius Tannen
as Banker with glasses
Robert Dudley
as Banker McDuff
Robert Greig
as Coachman Thomas
Pat Harmon
as Coach from 'The Freshman'
Wilbur Mack
as Football rooter
Charles R. Moore
as Bootblack
Dewey Robinson
as Lucky Leopold
Harry Rosenthal
as A Reveler
Ethelreda Leopold
as Blonde Woman
Dot Farley
as Smoke's Secretary
Tom McGuire
as Police captain
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Desk Sergeant
Bob Reeves
as Ringling Bros. Representative
Franklin Farnum
as Man Who Bumps into Harold on Street
Franklyn Farnum
as Man Who Bumps into Harold
Charles Moore
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.

June 23, 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… | December 31, 1999
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

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.

Davey Morrison Dillard
Davey Morrison Dillard

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
Cindy I

Super Reviewer


Very entertaining Harold Lloyd film, the cast is wonderful, particularly the supporting cast. Great pace, well written and directed. Not up with Lloyd's silent films, but well worth a look.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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