The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (April 4, 1947)

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Harold Lloyd in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
 

Released on April 4, 1947: A meek bookkeeper who was fired after twenty years of service gets drunk, wins several horse races and buys Wild Bill Hickock's Circus with his winnings before he gets sober.

Produced by Howard Hughes

Directed by Preston Sturges

The Actors: Harold Lloyd (Harold Diddlebock), Frances Ramsden (Frances Otis), Rudy Vallee (Lynn Sargent, bank President), Jimmy Conlin (Wormy), Raymond Walburn (E.J. Waggleberry), Edgar Kennedy (Jake), Arline Judge (Manicurist), Franklin Pangborn (Formfit Franklin), Lionel Stander (Max the bookie), Margaret Hamilton (Flora Chauncey, Harold's sister), Jack Norton (James R. Smoke), Robert Dudley (Robert McDuffy), Arthur Hoyt (J.P. Blackstone), Julius Tannen (Nearsighted Banker), Al Bridge (Wild Bill Hickock), Robert Greig (Algernon McNiff, carriage driver), Georgia Caine (beaded lady), Torben Meyer (barber with moustache), Victor Potel (Professor Potelle), Chet Brandenburg (football fan), Tex Cooper (man in finale), Mathew McCue (football fan), Dot Farley (Smoke's secretary), Franklyn Farnum (the man that bumps Harold), Gladys Forrest (the snake charmer), Pat Harmon (Coach), Ida Kitaeva (woman), Ethelreda Leopold (blonde woman), J. Farrell MacDonald (the desk Sergeant), Wilbur Mack (the football fan), Tom McGuire (police Captain), Charles R. Moore (the bootblack), Frank Moran (Frank the cop), Bob Reeves (Ringing Brothers), Dewey Robinson (Lucky Leopold), Harry Rosenthal (Reveler), Angelo Rossitto (the midget), Max Wagner (the doorman)

 

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The Comic and the Lion

Harold Lloyd was a famous comedian of the silent screen era that successfully made the transition to sound movies. The first 8 minutes of this 1947 film is hilarious footage from his 1923 silent film about a football game. After winning the football game, Harold Diddlebock is promised a wonderful job by a wealthy football patron that owns a mighty advertising agency, but Diddlebock winds up with a lowly bookkeeping job in the basement. Fast forward 22 years, and Harold is still at the same desk in the basement when he gets called up to the owners' office and is fired for being too old.

Diddlebock is given his entire life's savings in cash as he leaves, and manages to befriend a fellow that introduces him to his first alcoholic drink in his life. Harold quickly becomes intoxicated and after wagering half of his savings on a long shot in a horse race and winning, he continues the day in a drunken stupor. The next day he wakes up and remembers very little of what happened the previous day. He discovers that he has purchased a circus and is stuck with hungry lions and bearded ladies and a whole circus of people and animals to care for. His search for someone else to take the circus off of his hands is a hilarious romp through Wall Street with his new buddy Wormy and Jackie the Lion, including an episode on the ledge of a tall building that reminds us of the dangerous physical comedy that Harold Lloyd became famous for. The man who wanted to be an advertising genius but was stuck for twenty-two years in the basement of an advertising agency now has a circus and no money, so he must come up with an advertising gimmick to top all advertising schemes. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Arline Judge and Harold Lloyd
Arline Judge and Harold Lloyd
Bob Reeves
Bob Reeves
Charles R. Moore
Charles R. Moore
Dot Farley and Jack Norton
Dot Farley and Jack Norton
Edgar Kennedy
Edgar Kennedy
Edgar Kennedy
Edgar Kennedy
Frances Ramsden
Frances Ramsden
Georgia Caine and Jimmy Conlin
Georgia Caine and Jimmy Conlin
Harold Lloyd and Frances Ramsden
Harold Lloyd and Frances Ramsden
Harold Lloyd and Frances Ramsden
Harold Lloyd and Frances Ramsden
Harold Lloyd and Robert Dudley
Harold Lloyd and Robert Dudley
Harold Lloyd and Frances Ramsden
Harold Lloyd and Frances Ramsden
Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
Jack Norton
Jack Norton
Jimmy Conlin and Harold Lloyd
Jimmy Conlin and Harold Lloyd
Jimmy Conlin and Harold Lloyd
Jimmy Conlin and Harold Lloyd
Jimmy Conlon
Jimmy Conlon
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
Margaret Hamilton
Margaret Hamilton
Max Wagner
Max Wagner
Pat Harmon
Pat Harmon
Raymond Walburn
Raymond Walburn
Robert Greig
Robert Greig