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The Greatest Man in the World1980

  • 3.6
Only the off-beat humor of writing great, James Thurber could bring to life a “hero” like Jack Smurch, played by Brad Davis (MIDNIGHT EXPRESS). Fortified with only a gallon of gin and a salami, Smurch bests even Lindbergh 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.

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“The Greatest Man In The World” is an enjoyable, old-fashioned spoof originally broadcast on PBS as part of a series showcasing great American short stories. It gives us the opportunity to appreciate the work of two somewhat forgotten figures. James Thurber, the wry humorist, presents us with Jack Smurch, the Anti-Lindbergh. Brad Davis, one of the great, explosive young actors of the 1970’s, brings Smurch to life. Thurber and Davis both left this world too soon. Watch and remember.

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