The Sin Of Harold Diddlebock
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Of the three available versions (at the time of this review) on Amazon it would appear that the GoodTimes version may be the best.
I purchased the GoodTimes version, and while it starts out a little dirty and wobbly, it cleans up pretty good.
Other reviewers have taken the Alpha and Synergy releases to task and I have not seen them, but I have watched other releases by these companies so I have no doubt the other reviewers are correct in their assessments of those releases.
The beginning of the GoodTimes release states in a short preface that the best available elements were used for this disc, but that does not mean that these are the best elements in existence, but they might be. Maybe Criterion is interested in a release?
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.
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.Read more ›
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Harold Lloyd never really clicked in talkies, but gives it the old college try in this uneven Preston Sturges farce. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
An excellent film, but this transfer is lousy: Jittery and not-quite-focused picture; and a ridiculous amount of flutter in the sound,Published 19 months ago by The Bear
Preston Sturges writing and directing and Harold Lloyd acting. A crazy treasure.Published 23 months ago by Jim Hamilton
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 on February 4, 2014 by DonC
Great DVD! Thsese old movies are sometimes better than the new ones. Good entertainment for the whole family. :) Just add the popcorn.Published on November 2, 2013 by BLN
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!
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