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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock

G Released Apr 14, 1947 1h 30m Comedy List
89% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 58% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Two decades after a game-winning touchdown and praise as a college football hero, the once hopeful Harold Diddlebock (Harold Lloyd) has been beaten down by the drudgery of office life. When Harold is fired by his egotistical boss, E.J. Waggleberry (Raymond Walburn), he wanders into a bar and orders a drink -- the first of his life. After the kindly bartender (Edgar Kennedy) invents a cocktail just for him, Harold goes on a wild binge, and his luck starts to change. Read More Read Less

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Variety Staff Variety Abetted by some excellent dialog from Sturges' pen, Lloyd handles his role in his usual funny fashion. Nov 13, 2007 Full Review Tom Milne Time Out The film is studded with gems, many of them contributed verbally by the Sturges stock company. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader 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. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews ... it's saved by a few inspired flashes of comedy sprinkled throughout. Rated: B- Aug 20, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Sep 25, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Flat later Harold Lloyd who is really out on a ledge here Rated: 3/5 Oct 19, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Blobbo X Blobbo laugh, experience entertainment. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/17/24 Full Review Simon E This somewhat quiet, beautifully paced film is not Preston Sturges's funniest but it is still brilliant. Harold Lloyd plays Harold Diddledock the forgotten college football player who after 20 years of office drudgery, stops for a drink at a local bar and is embroiled in a night of screwball fantasy. The jokes come thick and fast, and there are even high wire stunts to top it off. The story is meant to parallell Lloyd's career. he hadn't worked in film for nearly a decade. Whilst patchy at times it is a moving tribute by one of the masters of comic dialogue to one of the greats of the silent era of comedy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/05/22 Full Review steve d Mild entertainment at best. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review kevin w Here is an interesting curio, an overlooked comedy gem by two masters of their genres, unexpectedly tripped up by their individual reliance on their different styles. Preston Sturges was a script guy, a guy in love with the power of words, while Harold Lloyd obviously was a physical communicator. The difference made for a tempestuous team-up in their time working together and yet, nonetheless, the results are often surprisingly effective, and more so than perhaps either could have imagined or believed. Definitely file under "give this one a chance". Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review s r A rambunctious trip that at times reminded me of the Marx brothers. That suit, hat, tie and lion were epic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Good innocent fun with some great dialog Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Two decades after a game-winning touchdown and praise as a college football hero, the once hopeful Harold Diddlebock (Harold Lloyd) has been beaten down by the drudgery of office life. When Harold is fired by his egotistical boss, E.J. Waggleberry (Raymond Walburn), he wanders into a bar and orders a drink -- the first of his life. After the kindly bartender (Edgar Kennedy) invents a cocktail just for him, Harold goes on a wild binge, and his luck starts to change.
Director
Preston Sturges
Producer
Preston Sturges, Howard Hughes
Screenwriter
Preston Sturges
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures, United Artists
Production Co
California Pictures
Rating
G
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 14, 1947, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 9, 2017
Runtime
1h 30m
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