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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 »

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

George Seaton (screenplay), Allan House (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Benny ... Richard Clarke
Priscilla Lane ... Janie Brown
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Shufro
Edmund Gwenn ... Frederick P. Leggitt
Matt Briggs ... Arthur Brown
Anne Revere ... Kitty Crockett
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Mrs. Frances H. Leggitt
Helene Reynolds ... Wife (Park Ave. Neighbor)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre más malo del mundo See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was edited down to one of the shortest "A" features of the Forties, with a running time of merely 57 minutes. According to The Motion Picture Herald Production Digest, the movie's brief duration caused booking problems. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Love in Bloom
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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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an overlooked gem!
6 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee 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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