The Sin of Harold Diddlebock is a 1947 comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges, starring the silent film comic icon Harold Lloyd, and featuring Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn, Rudy Vallee, Arline Judge, Edgar Kennedy, Franklin Pangborn and Lionel Stander. The film’s story is a continuation of The Freshman, one of Lloyd’s most successful movies.
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock was Sturges’ first project after leaving Paramount Pictures, where he had made his best and most popular films, but the film was not successful in its initial release. It was quickly pulled from distribution by producer Howard Hughes who took almost four years to re-shoot some scenes and re-edit the film, finally re-releasing it in 1950 as Mad Wednesday – but the reception by the general public was no better the second time around. A few critics consider this film a masterpiece of comedy.
Lloyd was never to star in another film, turning instead to production, and releasing compilation films featuring his earlier silent film work.
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Directed by Preston Sturges
Produced by Preston Sturges, Howard Hughes
Written by Preston Sturges
Starring Harold Lloyd
Music by Werner R. Heymann, Harry Rosenthal
Cinematography Robert Pittack, Curtis Courant
Edited by Thomas Neff, Stuart Gilmore
Distributed by United Artists, RKO
Release dates February 18, 1947
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States