Producer and Director: Preston Sturges. Assistant Director: Barton Adams. Screenplay: Preston Sturges. Technical Director: Curtis Courant. Photography: Robert Pittack. Special Effects Photography: John P. Fulton. Editor: Thomas Neff. Art Director: Robert Usher. Set Decoration: Victor A. Gangelin. Film Clip: The Freshman (1925), Pathe. Sound: Fred Lau. Musical Score: Werner Heymann. Love Theme by Harry Rosenthal. Make-up: Ted Larsen (Uncredited: Wally Westmore). Studios: Goldwyn, Paramount. Production: California Pictures. Distribution: United Artists.
Release Date: February 1947. Running Time: 91 minutes.
|Harold Diddlebock||Harold Lloyd|
|Miss Otis||Frances Ramsden|
|E.J. Waggleberry||Raymond Walburn|
|Formfit Franklin||Franklin Pangborn|
|Harold's Sister||Margaret Hamilton|
|Circus Manager||Al Bridge|
|Professor Potelle||Vic Potel|
|Bearded Lady||Georgia Caine|
|James Smoke||Jack Norton|
|Banker Blackston||Arthur Hoyt|
|Snake Charmer||Gladys Forrest|
With Jackie, the lion
Note: Howard Hughes had The Sin of Harold Diddlebock pulled from release before it could play either New York or Los Angeles. A re-edited version, titled Mad Wednesday, was finally released through RKO in January of 1950. The additional cutting was done by Stuart Gilmore under Hughes’ supervision. Added to the shortened climax were two shots of Robert Greig’s horse singing to himself. These shots were animated by Jerry Fairbanks Inc. Hughes cut Rudy Vallee from the film, although Vallee can be glimpsed in the bidding scene toward the end. The running time of Mad Wednesday is 72 minutes.