The Meanest Man in the World

The Meanest Man in the World

Jack Benny
Director: Sidney Lanfield Cast: Jack Benny
Jack Benny
, Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane
, Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Sidney Lanfield

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The old George M. Cohan theatrical chestnut The Meanest Man in the World was retailored for the screen to accommodate the talents of Jack Benny and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Benny plays small-town lawyer Richard Clark, whose soft-heartedness and sense of justice loses him case after case. Threatened with bankruptcy, Clark is open to the suggestions of his valet Shufro (Rochester), who advises his boss to become cold-blooded and nasty. This he does through a series of subterfuges, including having himself photographed stealing candy from a baby and foreclosing on a little old lady (though he actually hides the old dear in his office, tending to her every need). Not unexpectedly, business picks up tremendously, but Clark's sweetheart Janie (Priscilla Lane) is upset by the "change" in her boyfriend and walk out on him. It's up to Janie's father (Matt Briggs) to tie up loose ends-literally. Despite a brief 57-minute running time (the result of retake problems during production), Meanest Man in the World secured top-of-the-bill bookings thanks to Jack Benny's radio popularity. And yes, that is Tor Johnson in the final shot.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2013
UPC: 0024543863328
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 0:57:00
Sales rank: 41,767

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Benny Richard Clark
Priscilla Lane Janie Brown
Edmund Gwenn Frederick P. Leggitt
Matt Briggs Mr. Brown
Anne Revere Kitty Crockett
Margaret Seddon Mrs. Leggitt
Helene Reynolds Wife
Donald Douglas Husband
Harry Hayden Mr. Chambers
Arthur Loft Mr. Billings
Andrew Tombes Judge
Paul E. Burns Farmer
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Shufro
Hobart Cavanaugh Mr. Throckmorton
Jan Duggan Mrs. Throckmorton
Tor Johnson Vladimir Pulasky

Technical Credits
Sidney Lanfield Director
Robert Bischoff Editor
Richard Day Art Director
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Hogsett Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Pearce Makeup
William Perlberg Producer
George Seaton Screenwriter

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