The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (April 4, 1947)

Harold Lloyd in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
 

Released on April 4, 1947: (running time 1 hour and 30 minutes) 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.

Produced by Howard Hughes and Preston Sturges

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, bartender), 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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Harold Lloyd’s Secret, the Young Brunette, and the Irresistible Idiot

Harold Lloyd made more money in silent comedy films than the more famous Charlie Chaplain, and is best remembered for hanging onto a giant clock hand atop a building. When pressed, Harold Lloyd would admit to an accident that happened on Sunday, August 24, 1919, but would never go into the details of the accident, preferring to keep it a secret.

The famous motion picture comedian was at the studios of Witzel Photographers in Los Angeles. He was posing for a publicity photo, with a sassy, devil-may-care attitude. The picture would be taken when he held a fake round black bomb with a long fuse in his right hand, using the burning fuse to light a cigarette that was between his lips.

Unfortunately, it was a real bomb instead of a fake bomb, and the flash of the explosion blinded Harold Lloyd for several months. Also, the thumb and forefinger on his right hand was blown away. Samuel Goldwyn, who was a glove maker before becoming a motion picture producer, made a special flesh colored glove with a solid thumb and forefinger. Harold Lloyd wore that glove while filming, and you can see it clearly when he displays his right hand.

Harold Lloyd invented the comic character of a naive nerd stumbling through life making many comic mistakes, but somehow always ending up as a winner. In this adventure he is an accountant who is fired after twenty years of drudgery in a basement office. While wandering home with his money from his job, he bumps into a man who convinces him to have his first drink of alcohol at a nearby bar. He gets so drunk that the events of the next day are forgotten, but he is soon on an amazing and unbelievable journey into his future. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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