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The Greatest Man in the World
Only the off-beat humor of writing great, James Thurber could bring to life a "hero" like Jack Smurch, played by Brad Davis. Fortified with only a gallon of gin and a salami, Smurch bests even Lindberg with the first non-stop, around the world flight. During the four days he's airborne, this unknown kid becomes a world hero. But, on the ground, a young reporter, anxious to tell the world about their new idol, learns Smurch is bad news. An arrogant, illiterate lout with a police record, Smurch's only interests are "parties, broads and dough." But, the reporter is silenced and Smurch is locked up until the press and politicos can make him into their kind of American hero at any cost.
Comedy / Drama
49 min
1980
NR
Monterey Media
English
Cast & Crew
 
Ralph Rosenblum
Ralph Rosenblum
Director
Brad Davis
Brad Davis
Jimmy Schmurch
Reed Birney
Reed Birney
Smidgeon
John McMartin
John McMartin
Ames Herbert
Howard DaSilva
Howard DaSilva
Conklin
Carol Kane
Carol Kane
April
William Prince
William Prince
Secretary of State
Sudie Bond
Sudie Bond
Emma Smurch
Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
Himself (Introduction)
Russell Horton
Russell Horton
Dr. Gresham
Edward Lynch
Edward Lynch
Producer
Robert Geller
Robert Geller
Executive Producer
James Thurber
James Thurber
Book Author
Jeff Wanshel
Jeff Wanshel
Screenwriter