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Here’s What a 1947 Movie About a Wild Night Out Has in Common With The Hangover

What does Todd Phillips’ 2009 hit comedy The Hangover have in frequent with The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, a 1947 film about a man’s wild evening out that ended the career of silent movie star Harold Lloyd?

On the newest episode of The Industry podcast, host Dan Delgado delves into the historical past of The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, an ill-fated image written and directed by Preston Sturges that noticed the top of a short-lived business partnership between Lloyd and billionaire philanthropist Howard Hughes.

It additionally shares some placing similarities with The Hangover. You can take heed to this episode of The Industry podcast on Spotify, Apple, or above.

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock was produced by each Hughes and Lloyd by means of their manufacturing banner California Pictures, which they shaped collectively in 1944. But the film would deliver concerning the finish of their friendship and business partnership after they realized they couldn’t see eye-to-eye about its comedic tone.

After its premiere in 1947, Hughes pulled it from launch and determined to make a number of edits and re-shoot some scenes, re-releasing a new model in 1950 with the title Mad Wednesday. It flopped. Lloyd by no means made one other film, marking the top of a lengthy and principally profitable career which included dozens of well-liked silent movies and “talkies” from way back to 1913.

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Tom Sturges, the son of director Preston Sturges, stated the primary time he noticed The Hangover he was instantly struck by all it had in frequent with Diddlebock.

“A brilliant film. Hilarious. But if you look deep into its DNA, you go, ‘Wow, this is so similar.’ Harold Lloyd wakes up to a lion, and he bought a circus — tell me two other movies where a guy wakes up with a lion in the next room or a tiger,” Sturges stated. “It doesn’t happen… those are the only two. So, when I saw The Hangover and I loved it and laughed my ass off, I went, ‘This is the hidden twin sister of The Sin of Harold Diddlebock.”

Delgado spelled out all of the similarities between the 2 movies.

“While they are definitely very different pictures, in The Hangover, three guys get presumably blackout drunk and wake up in a Las Vegas hotel with a tiger in it, having no memory of the previous night, and have to retrace their steps in order to find their missing friend. Oh, and in the process, one of them discovers that he got married,” Delgado stated. “In Diddlebock, Harold gets blackout drunk and wakes up with a lion in his house, having no memory of the previous night. He deals with the consequences of his drunken behavior, which includes a circus that he bought. Oh, and in the process, he also discovers that he got married.”

Reps for the writers of the primary Hangover film didn’t instantly reply to MovieMaker‘s request for remark about whether or not Diddlebock was an affect.

 

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