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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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Cast overview:
Janie Brown
Frederick P. Leggitt
Matt Briggs ...
Arthur Brown
Kitty Crockett
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 <kackley1@aol.com>

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Release Date:

12 February 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre más malo del mundo  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Love in Bloom
Music by Ralph Rainger
heard frequently in the opening and closing credits, throughout the soundtrack, and as entertainment in the bar
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A hilarious film
9 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen -- not surprising, since it stars Jack Benny, one of the funniest stars ever. Jack is believable both as a nice guy and as a meanie. You might think his mean acts wouldn't be as funny, but the way he does them is the funniest part of the movie. And there is always a newspaper photographer to record it. The movie's only drawback is that it is so short, less than an hour. Usually, especially today, movies drag on too long and wear out their welcome. Jack Benny has never worn out his welcome. This movie should be on DVD. Perhaps a box DVD set with other under-appreciated Jack Benny movies.

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