When frustrated movie studio mogul Adolph Zitz announces a talent search for a romantic leading man to rival the great Rudolph Valentino, thousands of hopefuls decend upon Hollywood. Rudy Valentine, a neurotic baker from Milwaukee, knows little about romance or acting. But when his wife leaves him for the real Valentino, Rudy goes to outrageous lengths to win the role of a lifetime and win back the love of his life.

  1. Gene Wilder

    Director, Writer

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  1. Gene Wilder

    Gene Wilder

    Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman

  2. Carol Kane

    Carol Kane

    Annie Hickman

  3. Dom DeLuise

    Dom DeLuise

    Adolph Zitz

  4. Fritz Feld

    Fritz Feld

    Tomaso Abalone, Hotel Manager

  5. Mark Silberman

    Cousin Buddy

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The World's Greatest Lover
The World's Greatest Lover


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  • December 18, 1977


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 29m

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