The Crowd (1928)

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The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.



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Complete credited cast:
Bert Roach ...
Estelle Clark ...
Daniel G. Tomlinson ...
Dell Henderson ...
Lucy Beaumont ...
Mother Sims
Freddie Burke Frederick ...
Junior Sims
Alice Mildred Puter ...
Daughter Sims


Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when John is but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business. Still he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double date. Things take their course and they soon marry and live in a small apartment. Soon John is bickering with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After 5 years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Release Date:

3 March 1928 (USA)  »

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One of the Mob  »

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Did You Know?


King Vidor filmed many scenes in New York City streets using real crowds instead of extras, real buses and trains, and even real traffic cops. In one scene, a police officer is looking toward the camera, admonishing someone to "move along". In fact, he was actually addressing Vidor and his disguised film crew. Vidor cleverly incorporated it into the scene. See more »


After John sprays himself with milk when opening the bottle, his clothes go from covered with milk to clean from one shot to the next. See more »


Mary: Picnic my eye! I'm doing the same things I do every day!
John 'Johnny' Sims: Don't crab, dear. Everything's goin' to be roses... when my ship comes in.
Mary: Your ship? A worm must be towing it down from the North Pole!
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1988) See more »

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1 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has to be w/ out a doubt my favorite film of all time (althought Metropolis is a very close second). What King Vidor brought to the silver screen when he made this film was pure genius. Few films compare to this one. The Techniques used are way ahead of their time and reminiscent of few directors before him. Not even Griffith could obtain such amazing crowd footage as Vidor did. The story line is one that we can still relate to today, wanting to achieve our dreams but just falling short. Today it's called depression or something of the sort but then in an age of new development it was different. Not being able to achieve greatness wasn't uncommon but it felt that way. And the character in this film is no exception, I truly recommend this film to anyone who doesn't mind a good drama and to anyone who wants to see what life was like in the late 1920's.

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