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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, 1944 to 1951

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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock sub-series (1944-1951) contains materials related to the development, production, and post-production of the California Pictures Corporation film, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947), also known as Mad Wednesday. Records include advertising and publicity, legal, production and direction, and story development records, as well as film soundtracks. Materials included are correspondence, pressbooks, newspaper and magazine clippings, black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, music scores and sheets, contracts, agreements, screenplays, continuities, and casting sheets.


1944 to 1951


10.08 Cubic Feet (5 boxes and 13 oversized boxes)
17.75 Linear Feet
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Collection Number: MS-01036
Collection Name: Howard Hughes Film Production Records
Box/Folder: N/A

Biographical / Historical Note

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock is a sequel to Harold Lloyd’s 1925 film, The Freshman, and marked Lloyd's return to film after a nine-year absence. The film is based on Preston Sturges’ screenplay, who directed film as well. The film premiered in three cities, before United Artists Corporation pulled the film from distribution. The film did not re-debut in theaters until 1950, after Hughes purchased RKO Radio Pictures, Incorporated. There, Hughes re-released the film under the modified title of Mad Wednesday.


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Materials are arranged by subject matter, then chronologically.