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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Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider. 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 »


Man on NYC Ferry: You've gotta be good in that town if you want to beat the crowd.
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Referenced in My Voyage to Italy (2001) See more »

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8 May 2001 | by (London, England.) – See all my reviews

This wonderful silent movie depicts the individual who gets swallowed up by the uniformity of society yet also represents the yearnings and aspirations for the want of a better life. Our main character is forever waiting for his ship to come in and sadly it never does. King Vidors sweeping shot of the rows and rows of desks and the image of John being a faceless number in the crowd. Despite him thinking that he is better than others and it's only a matter of time before his situation improves. It sadly never does and he loses the respect of his wife. Perhaps if there is a moral to this movie, then it should be that life can be a bitter pill to swallow but we should take pleasure in the small things in life and recognise that we have to accept lifes disappointments which will inevitably occur. Don't let the year that the film was made put you off or it being in black and white. This movie will grab you by the throat and won't let go. A classic!

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