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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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Janie Brown
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Frederick P. Leggitt
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Arthur Brown
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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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El hombre más malo del mundo  »

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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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Down Argentina Way
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Music by Harry Warren
Hummed and wiggled by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
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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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