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The Crowd (1928)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  3 March 1928 (USA)
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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:
Eleanor Boardman ...
Mary
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John
Bert Roach ...
Bert
Estelle Clark ...
Jane
Daniel G. Tomlinson ...
Jim
Dell Henderson ...
Dick
Lucy Beaumont ...
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Freddie Burke Frederick ...
Junior
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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Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider. See more »

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John 'Johnny' Sims: Marriage is not a word, it's a *sentence*!
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Depressing but fascinating
20 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silent drama about John (James Murray) and Mary (Eleanor Boardman) meeting in NYC, falling in love and marrying. John wants to make it big--to be somebody. He looks down on those who, he feels, have failed. But, after marriage and two kids, he's still stuck in the same dead-end job and sees no way out. Then tragedy strikes and John starts to crack.

A failure when first released (it's easy to see why--it's very depressing) but now considered a masterpiece. The story is grim but the ending is happy and realistic. Murray and Boardman give superb performances (especially Murray during a scene with his son on a bridge) and King Vidor's direction is superb. The visuals in this film are decades ahead of their time. His use of the crowds and the individuals lost among them are just great.

Hard to describe but a definite must-see. Just don't expect a barrel of laughs.


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