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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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12 February 1943 (USA)  »

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El hombre más malo del mundo  »

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The original Broadway production of "The Meanest Man in the World" by Augustin MacHugh opened at the Hudson Theater on October 20, 1920 starring George M. Cohan and ran for 202 performances. See more »

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William Tell Overture
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Written by Gioachino Rossini
heard when lawyers chase an ambulance
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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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