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All the King's Men -- A double-dealing Southern politician brings about his own assassination. 1949 Best Picture Oscar(r).
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 12 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)
Jack Deery ... Man at Impeachment Hearing (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)
Slim Gaut ... Man Listening to Speech (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 ... 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)
Wilbur Mack ... Former Governor Stanton (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Minister (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Local Chairman (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... 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 ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Duffy Associate (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 ... Man at Impeachment Hearing (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 
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
Visual Effects by
Bridgid O'Donnell .... restoration supervisor (uncredited)
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

Also Known As:
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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In the original manuscript, Willie's last name is Talos, not Stark. When the novel was first published, the name was Stark. In 2001, the novel was reprinted with Stark's name changed back to Talos, among other changes.See more »
Continuity: When Tommy first takes the field, the referee is towards the left and Tommy is to the right, really not anywhere near each other, yet the ref's arm is visible in the close up.See more »
Sadie Burke:How'd you get him here? He was out stiff.
Jack Burden:A hair of the dog that bit him.
Sadie Burke:Hair? He must've swallowed the dog!
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Featured in Captain Phillips (2013)See more »


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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Power Corrupts, 29 April 2003
Author: Mike-764 ( from Flushing, NY

Story of Willie Stark, who starts out running for an Assemblyman in the south up against the local political machine, who eventually rises to governor of his state supported by the machine and every interest, Stark originally set out to fight, in the meanwhile ruining the lives of his family & associates. Crawford is very powerful in his role as Stark, delivering a very convincing performance. McCambridge is also excellent as Stark's conniving political aide (and mistress), Ireland effective as the reporter, from whom the story is viewed. Very good direction by Rossen, who turns the likeable Stark, into a despicable fink by the film's end. Sharp editing also by Clark. Nice moral play to watch. Rating, 10.

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