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The Meanest Man in the World (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 12 February 1943 (USA)
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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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 <kackley1@aol.com>

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Meet the world's biggest heel in the screen's most hiss-terical show!

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Twentieth Century-Fox originally had penciled in Maureen O'Hara to portray Janie Brown. Ultimately, the studio would borrow Priscilla Lane from Warner Bros. Walter Lang, the first choice to direct, had to bow out due to illness. As his replacement, Sidney Lanfield, a Fox contract director between 1930 and 1939, was called in from his current studio, Paramount. See more »

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Version of The Meanest Man in the World (1923) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Hummed and wiggled by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
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an overlooked gem!
6 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I was amazed when I saw this picture. After having seen The Horn Blows at Midnight, I had assumed that all of Jack Benny's pictures were pretty stupid and that his talent only extended to television and radio. Boy was I wrong.

This very short movie (57 minutes) is outstanding and I have nothing negative to say about it. Benny is actually NOT the Meanest Man in the world but perhaps one of the nicest in the film. This is a real surprise because he is a lawyer (sorry to all you lawyers reading this). However, he finds that if people THINK he is mean and heartless his business will pick up considerably! If it comes on TCM or you can find it on video, give it a try. You're bound to love it (unless YOU are the meanest man in the world).


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