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All the King's Men -- The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.


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Robert Penn Warren (based upon: the Pulitzer Prize novel "All the King's Men")
Robert Rossen (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
January 1950 (USA) See more »
He Might Have Been A Pretty Good Guy . . . If Too Much Power . . . And Women . . . Hadn't Gone To his Head ! See more »
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Broderick Crawford ... Willie Stark

John Ireland ... Jack Burden

Joanne Dru ... Anne Stanton

John Derek ... Tom Stark

Mercedes McCambridge ... Sadie Burke
Shepperd Strudwick ... Adam Stanton
Ralph Dumke ... Tiny Duffy

Anne Seymour ... Mrs. Lucy Stark
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Burden (as Katharine Warren)
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Monte Stanton
Walter Burke ... Sugar Boy

Will Wright ... Dolph Pillsbury
Grandon Rhodes ... Floyd McEvoy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beau Anderson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mary Bear ... File Clerk (uncredited)
Helena Benda ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Senator (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Man Listening to Speech (uncredited)
William Bruce ... Commissioner (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Senator (uncredited)
Edwin Chandler ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Stephen Chase ... Puckett (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Man tearing down poster (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Cottrell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Kenneth Cutler ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Politician at Harrison's Headquarters (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Joe Harrison (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Evans ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Farmer ... Bus Man (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Tom Ferrandini ... Politician (uncredited)
Robert Filmer ... Editor (uncredited)

Paul Ford ... Spokesman for Impeachment (uncredited)
Ted French ... Dance Caller (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Giles ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Politician (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Avery Graves ... Senator (uncredited)
William E. Green ... Senator (uncredited)
Charles Haefeli ... Man in Cheap Bar (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Stark Strong-Arm Man (uncredited)

Richard Hale ... (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ... Editor (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Politician (uncredited)
Judd Holdren ... Politician (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Man Listening to Speech (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Legislator (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Legislator (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Spectator (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Senator (uncredited)
James Linn ... Politician (uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield ... Farmer (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Former Governor Stanton (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Minister (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Local Chairman (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Doctor (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Man in City Bar (uncredited)
H.C. Miller ... Pa Stark (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Speaker of the House (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Drunk at Football Game (uncredited)
Bob Milton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Truett Myers ... Minister at Funeral (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Politician (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Politician at Harrison's Headquarters (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Irving Smith ... Butler (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Farmer Listing to Speech (uncredited)
Helene Stanley ... Helene Hale (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Houseley Stevenson ... Madison - the Editor (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Man Listening to Speech (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Man in City Bar (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Politician (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Man in Cheap Bar (uncredited)
Glen Thompson ... State Trooper (uncredited)
A.C. Tillman ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Football Coach (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Woman Listening to Speech (uncredited)
Reba Waterson ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Public Relations Man (uncredited)
Rhoda Williams ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... One of Duffy's Goons (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Farmer (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Rossen 
Writing credits
Robert Penn Warren (based upon: the Pulitzer Prize novel "All the King's Men")

Robert Rossen (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Robert Rossen .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Louis Gruenberg 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Al Clark (film editor)
Art Direction by
Sturges Carne 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Don Siegel .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gert Andersen .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Rich .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Robert Parrish .... editorial adviser
Donald W. Starling .... montages
Frank P. Keller .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Mertz .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Shirley Miller .... assistant to the producer
Donna M. Norridge .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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110 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL (VHS rating) (1998) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1992) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #13747) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Robert Penn Warren's novel, upon which the film was based, was published in 1946. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Writer-director Robert Rossen purchased the film rights himself, and was then able to broker a deal with Columbia Pictures. He shifted the focus of the novel from the Jack Burden character (played by 'John Ireland' (qv() to Willie Stark.See more »
Continuity: During the exchange of gunfire at the end of the movie, the man returning fire on the one who shot Willie Stark fires at least ten bullets from a six-shot revolver.See more »
Sadie Burke:Be smart. Play square with him. You're gonna need people like us around.
Willie Stark:Are you sure?
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67 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Don't compare it to CITIZEN KANE, 18 August 2000
Author: ( from Northridge, Ca

While I admit that CITIZEN KANE portrays the corruption of power better than any motion picture ever made, let's also be fair, because any Hollywood movie will suffer when compared with it. A more appropriate comparison would be the recent docudrama of Huey Long, KINGFISH. While John Goodman is excellent as Long and the movie worthwhile, it reveals just how good a film ALL THE KING'S MEN is.

Of course, Robert Rossen's picture has a drab look. It should. It suggests the drab appearance of most U.S. states (anyone who has visited Kansas will know why Dorothy and L. Frank Baum wanted to go over the rainbow) and the use of common townsfolk rather than Hollywood extras adds to this look, as do the drab locations (check out something like the Marlon Brando movie THE CHASE, a movie that should have a drab look, but instead looks like a glossy Hollywood backlot). Thank God Columbia, a studio that loved locations because it had no back lot, financed this movie!

I wouldn't call this film realistic, but I've read the pulitzer prize winning novel, and I wouldn't call it realistic either. Every page brims with beautifully poetic language which the movie often incorporates and which Rossen makes sound more like natural conversation than it really is. Compared to the book, the film, I think, reveals its real weaknesses: it does simplify moral issues and also reduces some of the characters to the level of melodrama (Willie Stark, in the novel, resembles more someone like Andy Griffith's character in A FACE IN THE CROWD: a charming good ole boy you want to love, but who will knife you in the back the next minute). Broderick Crawford, with his Bronx accent, hardly suggests either a hayseed or, as he calls himself "a hick," but he has a bullying power that I think is brilliant for the role. Personally, I'm glad neither Spencer Tracy nor John Wayne (both of whom Rossen wanted) got the part.

And I think this movie holds up very well, even in our post-Watergate era of cynical politics: like the novel, it shows how the populist leader can easily be a tyrant. This message is not in CITIZEN KANE: the lofty Kane was never one of the people; he just wanted to be one of the people. Considering how much Hollywood in the era of Harry Truman embraced the populist sentiment with the films of John Ford and Frank Capra, considering that dictators like a Hitler and a Stalin like to present themselves as one of the people and enjoyed popular support, considering how much Americans love politicians who are charming rather than substantial, I'd say Rossen's film hasn't dated at all.

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