Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Greatest Man in the World is based on a genteelly vitriolic short story by James Thurber. Brad Davis stars as a '30s-era aviator who becomes a national hero when he flies solo nonstop around the world. The problem: Davis is an illiterate boor. It's up to the journalists who've elevated Davis to idol status to exercise the "damage control" that will make the aviator public-friendly. Howard Da Silva and Carol Kane co-star in this February 18, 1980, presentation of PBS' "American Short Story."
around-the-world, flight, man, idol, journey, trip, uneducated, vanity, barnstorming, fuel, conservation, courage, illiteracy, deception, flying, publicity