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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock [1947]

Director:Preston Sturges
Writer:Preston Sturges
Composer:Werner R. Heymann
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:89%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle.

Reaction: A bit odd, but there are a few interesting sequences.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Preston Sturges => Director / Writer
Werner R. Heymann => Composer
Al Bridge => Wild Bill Hickock
Arline Judge => Manicurist
Arthur Hoyt => J.P. Blackstone
Dewey Robinson => Lucky Leopold (uncredited)
Dot Farley => Smoke's Secretary (uncredited)
Edgar Kennedy => Jake
Frances Ramsden => Frances Otis
Frank Moran => Mike the Cop (uncredited)
Franklin Pangborn => Formfit Franklin
Georgia Caine => Bearded Lady
Harold Lloyd => Harold Diddlebock
Jack Norton => James R. Smoke
Jackie the Lion => Jackie the Lion
Jimmy Conlin => Wormy
Julius Tannen => Nearsighted Banker
Lionel Stander => Max
Margaret Hamilton => Flora
Raymond Walburn => E.J. Waggleberry
Robert Dudley => Robert McDuffy
Robert Greig => Algernon McNiff
Rudy Vallee => Lynn Sargent
Torben Meyer => Barber with Mustache
Victor Potel => Prof. Potelle (as Vic Potel)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Diddlebock, in his speech in the bar, mentions the "echo of the thundering herd". The "thundering herd" is the nickname of the football team of Marshall University, West Virginia.
  • Last appearance of Harold Lloyd in a film.
  • During the scene were Harold Lloyd's character meets Jackie the lion, on the first take when Harold pets Jackie, the lion actually bit him on his right hand. But Harold was not injured at all because the lion's teeth scraped against his two prosthetic fingers. After that, Harold refused to pet the lion ever again on or off screen, and in the second take which was used for the film, Harold's terrified squirming over the lion standing next to him is genuine.
  • Preston Sturges wrote this screenplay in order to entice Harold Lloyd out of retirement.
  • It was [?] Howard Hughes, Preston Sturges' partner in California Pictures Corporation, who re-cut the film and retitled it Mad Wednesday - not Columbia Pictures chief [?] Harry Cohn, as has long been believed.