The Meanest Man in the World (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  12 February 1943 (USA)
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Compassionate small-town lawyer Richard Clarke moves to New York City to seek his fortune, but is unsuccessful until he takes a friend's advice and tries to convince the world he's a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
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Margaret Seddon ...
Mrs. Frances H. Leggitt
Helene Reynolds ...
Wife (Park Ave. Neighbor)


Compassionate small-town lawyer Richard Clarke moves to New York City to seek his fortune, but is unsuccessful until he takes a friend's advice and tries to convince the world he's a ruthless heel. Suddenly he's the most popular lawyer in town -- but he could lose his fiancée. Written by Kevin Ackley <>

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Release Date:

12 February 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Maior Sovina do Mundo  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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On July 8, 1942, both The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety revealed that Twentieth Century-Fox was scrapping the film despite an investment of about $150,000 so far. The next day, The Hollywood Reporter described Jack Benny as being unhappy with some of the screenplay, which Mr. Benny complained was too juvenile. For this project, Fox had given Jack approval of the script, director and co-star. Mr. Benny and the studio quickly settled their differences, and shooting began on July 22, 1942, with principal photography lasting into early September. See more »


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Rochester has the best lines
2 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

YouTube has this old chestnut. 'Meanest Man in the World'is a few minutes under an hour, and a good thing it is. The story is silly, yet Jack Benny, albeit wooden, remains the Jack Benny we know. And that isn't bad. And it's good to see Priscilla Lane as the love interest. She does a good turn when she's tipsy at a bar towards the end of the film. Then, there's Edmund Gwenn plays gleefully plays a meanie. And for once Anne Revere playing a secretary and not someone's suffering mother. But Rochester has star billing and the best quips. At a time when Blacks had walk on roles or a dance or song number as relief in a film, he plays the 'wise' Benny side kick who puts his finger in the eye of silliness, and manages to get Benny out of hot water of his own heat. An obvious boy gets girl film. And a pleasant hour of viewing, during the dark moments of the war against Nazi Germany and militaristic Imperial Japan.

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