Sin of Harold Diddlebock

A comedy classic follows Harold from college graduation to his life of optimistic scheming.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 27, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1946
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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User Ratings: 617
Rating: 3/5 -- Flat later Harold Lloyd who is really out on a ledge here
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 19, 2004
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
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: B- -- ... it's saved by a few inspired flashes of comedy sprinkled throughout. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 20, 2006
[A] clever little gem. Full Review
May 24, 2003
The film is studded with gems, many of them contributed verbally by the Sturges stock company.
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Abetted by some excellent dialog from Sturges' pen, Lloyd handles his role in his usual funny fashion. Full Review
Nov 13, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- Funny, fascinating, flawed attempt by Preston Sturges to revive Lloyd's career.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nov 24, 2003

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On the day he is fired after 22 years as a bank clerk, Harold Diddlebock (Harold Lloyd) drowns his sorrows at a bar. He recklessly places a large bet at the track and wins, and with the cash he buys a circus. Soliciting banks to buy the circus, he visits them with his new pet, Jackie the lion, and ends up in jail for his stunt. He is flooded with offers, promptly starting another wild spree that leaves him even richer --- and married!

In Harold Lloyd's last film, he recreates his famous ledge gag (from Safety Last), dangling on a chain from a lion's neck on the top floor of a skyscraper. A modern sequel to Harold Lloyd's classic silent comedy, The Freshman, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (aka Mad Wednesday) was written and directed in lavish screwball comic style by Preston Sturgess.

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Directed and written by comic maverick Preston Sturges, this film tells the unlikely story of Harold Diddlebock. Harold, a middle-aged bookkeeper with his glory days far behind him, finds himself fired from his job of twenty years. After a drunken spree and a series of hilarious and unforeseeable events, Harold finds himself the owner of a bankrupt circus. THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK is considered actor Harold Lloyd's most hilarious work in the postsilent film days. See MAD WEDNESDAY for producer Howard Hughes's edited version, released nine years later.

Plot Synopsis:

Preston Sturges writes and directs this zany comedy in which the viewer catches up with the character of Harold Diddlebock 20 years after his triumphs as a first-year man on the football field in the film THE FRESHMAN. Harold has become 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 lion in tow, which culminates in him becoming the proud and unanticipated owner of a bankrupt circus--a fascinating idea of updating Lloyd's 1920s character to show what's happened to that go-getter. THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK (also known as MAD WEDNESDAY), produced by Howard Hughes, is considered to contain the actor Harold Lloyd's most hilarious work in the postsilent film days. Lloyd also was resposible for performing all his own stunts. The film is filled with great gags, including some raucous skyscraper antics performed memorably by the quirky sophisticated characters from Sturges's stock company.


Production Notes:

  • According to Admit One, writer-director Preston Sturges and producer Howard Hughes got into an altercation after making SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK. As a consequence, two versions of the film were released. The first was Sturges's uncut edition. The second was Hughes's abridged version, called MAD WEDNESDAY.
  • Preston Sturges wrote the script to lure Harold Lloyd out of retirement.
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  • Sales Rank: 30,148
  • UPC: 089218432490
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