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The Crowd (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 3 March 1928 (USA)
The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Bert
Estelle Clark ...
Jane
Daniel G. Tomlinson ...
Jim
Dell Henderson ...
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Lucy Beaumont ...
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Junior Sims
Alice Mildred Puter ...
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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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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3 March 1928 (USA)  »

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One of the Mob  »

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The office building facade was laid on its side, allowing the camera to appear to rise to the upper floors, as it ran along the track to the proper window. See more »

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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 »

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Party Girl at Bert's Place: Gee, but you're a great, big, good lookin' some-account man!
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A silent film that makes sound unnecessary
23 February 2001 | by (elgin, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This is the film I use in my Film History and Technique course to demonstrate to students accustomed to sound and color that these are not necessary for drawing an audience into the screen to share in the joys and sorrows of strongly drawn characters and scenarios, and in some instances may be a distraction. The class reaction is always positive. This ranks with Sunrise and The Last Laugh: filled with sentiment but managing to avoid sentimentality. King Vidor always gives us finely drawn human drama, but I regard this as his masterpiece. He shows us how humans like ourselves, seemingly crushed in the maelstrom of city life can endure both disappointment and tragic loss, to go on because it is necessary to do so. The performances are fine, but it is the hand of the director and the work of the cameraman that carry us along for two hours. The final scene, the first time I saw it, left me somewhere between relief and tears; and after four or five viewings that reaction is still there; it takes me a few minutes to shake off the spell.


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