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The Sin Of Harold Diddlebock

Harrold Lloyd , Jimmy Conlin , Preston Sturges  |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrold Lloyd, Jimmy Conlin
  • Directors: Preston Sturges
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UUCSGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,118 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sin Of Harold Diddlebock" on IMDb

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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. 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 a lion in tow).

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Arouse the Artist in Me. September 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Is how the bartender responds to Harold Diddlebock (Harold Lloyd) when told that he's about to have the first drink of his life.
Harold gets talked into it by 'Wormy' a deliciously street-wise octagenerian urchin that asks him for a loan of a couple of bucks. Harold complies, despite the fact that he's just been fired from his job.

The inspired bartender concurs with Wormy that Harold needs a drink to ease his troubles and---in a scene only Preston Sturges could have written---creates a "Diddlebock" in his honor.
Originally entitled 'The Sin of Harold Diddlebock', the real sin is in being unable to rent it in most video stores. This has got to be one of the top comedies ever made.
Lloyd came out of retirement to make this film after meeting and befriending kindred maniac, Preston Sturges.
In "Mad Wednesday" Lloyd performs some of the funniest sight gags ever captured on celluloid, employing his trademark high-risk stunts. (Ever see 'Safety Last'?) Houdini would have been proud.
In all his movies Lloyd played a hopelessly naive gung-ho optimist who triumphed against the world despite his childlike sweetness.
But here the formula takes a twist, thanks to Sturges.
Lloyd is now a middle aged failure who has been stuck in a menial job for the last twenty years, a weary, disillusioned man who is pathetically in love with his co-worker, an impossibly beautiful ingenue (There's always an impossibly beautiful ingenue in a Sturges film ). And then he gets fired. . .
Neddless to say, all will end well, and he will triumph and get the girl in the end.
But not before going berserk on "The Diddlebock" which transforms him from a meek innocent into a lunatic gambler and high roller with a taste for um... somewhat loud attire.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great film, lousy print April 24, 2005
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It's difficult to figure why anybody would bother using a poor 16mm print to transfer to DVD when there must be good 35mm prints out there, but this is another case of showcasing a very poor 16mm print. Otherwise, this is an excellent madcap film, but it doesn't start cooking until the Edgar Kennedy bartender scene, and Kennedy was absolutely masterful. From this scene on, the rest of the film is a romp. There was much luck with the sequences with Jacky the lion, so Sturges must have lived a charmed life. All the performances shine.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is a hilarious comedy! My family has rented it numerous times, then we were disappointed that it disappeared from the video rental stores. It gets off to a bit of a slow start, but gains comic momentum and has you rolling in the aisles (off the couch?) It ends up being quite a different movie from what you think it might be at the beginning. It takes a comic look at a man briefly using alcohol to escape his work-induced depression, and eventually finds true love in the end. But getting to the end takes you on a hilarious, mad-cap, nerve-wracking roller-coaster ride! Harold Lloyd is a forgotten comic genius whose work equals that of Peter Sellers, Rowan Atkinson, Charlie Chaplain, and others of the same caliber. I am excited that I can purchase this comic gem from Amazon.com!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I'm always amazed at all the "film buffs" who aren't familiar with "Mad Wednesday" (title later changed to "The Sin Of Harold Diddlebock"). Directed by Preston Sturges, who's WORST movie is worth watching! This was a "comeback" role for Harold Lloyd (who proves what a talented all around actor he was ‹ for those only familar with his silent films). The usual Sturges company of actors, as well as a small but most memorable role by Edgar Kennedy, make you have to supress some of your laughter, or you'll miss the next joke. Full of funny little details. Note: Margaret Hamilton ("The Wicked Witch of The West") as his bitchy sister and a scene where a real Lion accidently takes a bite at Harold Lloyd, who continues with his lines with no cut in the scene. As great a movie as anything Frank Capra or Billy Wilder ever made. If you've never seen a Preston Sturges movie, see this one, "Hail The Conquering Hero," "The Miracle At Morgan Creek," "The Palm Beach Story," or "Sullivan's Travels." They're all gems!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've just gotta see this movie. January 15, 2005
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The Dylan (?) lyric "To laugh and cry in a single sound" came to mind the first time I saw this movie as part of a Saturday night film series at the local university 25 years ago -- it's just brilliant, a wild and manic ride that ends up being completely life-affirming, you just want to cry out at the end of the movie, it's too good to be true. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but transfer is not the best August 27, 2004
Format:DVD-R
I love this movie and could watch it many times. It includes the best part of an earlier Harold Lloyd movie, the football scene from The Freshman. There is also a wonderful scene where he hangs from a lion off the side of a building.

The only thing wrong with this DVD is that the transfer is not the best. The video and sound quality could be better, but is not horrible like the Milky Way DVD from the same company.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend the Synergy release February 9, 2012
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It is unfortunate that this film continues to receive nothing but crap releases from companies that deal exclusively in public domain material. It deserves better, as fans of both Harold Lloyd and Preston Sturges would happily purchase a quality copy. Unfortunately, it seems there are no copies available worth buying.

Long story short, the Synergy release of this film is a DVD-R disc, and appears to be copied directly from archive.org. Don't waste your time or money. If you want to watch a copy this pixelated, go download and burn it for free.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Preston Sturges writing and directing and Harold Lloyd acting. A crazy treasure.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars The GoodTimes release is best so far.
A fun flick, with a fun beginning borrowing from the end of Harold Lloyd's "The Freshman", thus making "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock" a sequel to "The... Read more
Published 1 month ago by WStevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Movie Star
Harold LLoyd was a BIG comedy star in the early days of movie talkies. This, I think, was his last movie, or nearly so. It was a was on of his best.
Published 8 months ago by carissimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Great DVD! Thsese old movies are sometimes better than the new ones. Good entertainment for the whole family. :) Just add the popcorn.
Published 11 months ago by BLN
5.0 out of 5 stars A underestimated Sturgess classic.
Not the best print... but the movie was almost completely forgotten.
Harold Lloyd is priceless, and the bar scene with Edgar Kennedy is worth the purchase price!
Published 19 months ago by OCDMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sin of Harold Didlebock
A great movie - the scene with the lion on the ledge is the funniest I have ever seen. My wife and I were almost rolling on the floor with laughter.
Published on December 23, 2011 by LMM
5.0 out of 5 stars My fault, I didn't notice VHS instead of DVD
The seller did just what they promised. It was my error in not seeing I was not getting a DVD.
Published on April 10, 2011 by Marc Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Harold Lloyd exits with a yowl
After doing a string of talking pictures in the 30's (some well received, others, not so lucky), silent comedian Harold Lloyd quietly retired from the big screen. Read more
Published on September 10, 2010 by Randy E. Halford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Harold Lloyd movie ever!
This is one of the funniest H/L movies ever. I had to get this copy to send to a friend- a fan of old movies. Long, some may feel it's disjointed- but I feel it's hilarous!
Published on October 11, 2009 by Warren James
3.0 out of 5 stars Bookend to wonderful career of great comedian is a mixed blessing.
Harold Lloyd's "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock" is a film that promised so much more than what was actually delivered. Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by James Simpson
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