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The World's Greatest Sinner (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | June 1962 (USA)
A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clarence Hilliard
Gil Barreto ... Alonzo (as Gil Baretto)
Betty Rowland ... Edna Hilliard
James Farley ... The Devil
Gail Griffin ... Betty Hilliard (as Gail Griffen)
Tyde Rule ... Follower
Gene Koziol ... Follower
Dayna Madison ... Follower (as Dana Madison)
Gitta Maynard ... Elderly Woman
... Follower
Betty Sturm ... Follower
Marty Prisco ... Follower
Grace De Carolis ... Mother
Carolina Samario ... Nate
George F. Carey ... Follower
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A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own political party, "The Eternal Man" party. He begins to be referred to as "God". Then he starts having doubts about the eternalness of man. Written by J. Picagli <mirjen@ibm.net>

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Soundtrack was created by Frank Zappa, later of the Mothers of Invention rock group. It was recorded at Chaffey College in Alta Loma, CA. See more »

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When Clarence tries to learn to play the guitar (about 13 minutes into the movie). See more »

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Clarence Hilliard: Yes, I wouldn't even bother taking out insurance policies on funeral, Dear. Because when you die your body starts to stink. That's right. They give you a free burial. I wouldn't worry about nothing. No, no, you don't need insurance policies that cover your burial funeral. That's right, Dear. Thank you.
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Referenced in The Cockettes (2002) See more »

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World's Greatest Sinner
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Written by Frank Zappa
Performed by Baby Ray & The Ferns
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You want conceptual bravura? You got it!
7 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

If only because Tim Carey made this film nearly single-handedly on and off over three years, it would merit study. But The World's Greatest Sinner has so much more than that to recommend it! How can you fault a film about an insurance salesman who quits his job to become a rock star, changes his first name to "God", and run for President?


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