The Meanest Man in the World

The Meanest Man in the World (1943)

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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 1943-02-12
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 4 ratings
  • Runtime: 0h 57min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: 20th Century Fox
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Sidney Lanfield
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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.

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  • Jack Benny

    as Richard Clarke
  • Priscilla Lane

    as Janie Brown
  • Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

    as Shufro
  • Edmund Gwenn

    as Frederick P. Leggitt
  • Matt Briggs

    as Arthur Brown
  • Anne Revere

    as Kitty Crockett
  • Margaret Seddon

    as Mrs. Frances H. Leggitt
  • Helene Reynolds

    as Wife
  • Tom Dugan

    as Cop in Park (uncredited)
  • Tor Johnson

    as Vladimir Pulasky (uncredited)
  • Mae Marsh

    as Old Lady (uncredited)
  • Lyle Talbot

    as Bill Potts (uncredited)
  • Will Wright

    as Pawn Shop Owner (uncredited)
  • Chester Clute

    as Lawyer
  • Harry Hayden

    as Realtor
  • Frank Orth

    as Bartender
  • Nick Stewart

    as Elevator Operator
  • Paul E. Burns

    as Farmer in Traffic Accident
  • Andrew Tombes

    as Judge
  • Gladden James

    as Clerk (uncredited)
Directing Sidney Lanfield Director
Writing George Seaton Screenplay
Writing Allan House Screenplay
Writing George M. Cohan Theatre Play
Production William Perlberg Producer
Sound Cyril J. Mockridge Music
Editing Robert Bischoff Editor
Camera J. Peverell Marley Director of Photography