JACK BENNY & ROCHESTER DOUBLE FEATURE

THE MEANEST MAN IN THE WORLD

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 walks out on him. It's up to Janie's father (Matt Briggs) to tie up loose ends-literally. 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.

Benny-Rochester repartee is hilarious; film is a must for Benny devotees.


MAN ABOUT TOWN

Jack Benny goes to London in this frothy musical. He plays a Broadway producer and while in London begins pining for the love of glamorous singer Dorothy Lamour. Unfortunately, she finds him unattractive. Wanting to make her jealous, Benny pursues a pair of women who are trying to make their neglectful husbands jealous by pursuing Benny. Their ploy works and creates all kinds of comical mayhem until Benny's butler steps into to save his boss from the husbands' wrath.

The supporting cast is top-notch: Edward Arnold, Dorothy Lamour, Monty Woolley, Eddie Anderson, Phil Harris, Betty Grable, Binnie Barnes and others....probably the best all-around supporting cast of ANY of Jack's films.

JACK BENNY & ROCHESTER DOUBLE FEATURE
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