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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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Director:
Writers:
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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
He Might Have Been A Pretty Good Guy . . . If Too Much Power . . . And Women . . . Hadn't Gone To his Head ! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
See? Now why did this need a remake? See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
110 min (copyright length)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Film debut of Mercedes McCambridge'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the end of the movie, on the courthouse steps, Stark is shown from the front with Sugar Boy standing directly at his right shoulder. From behind, however, Sugar Boy is nowhere near Stark.See more »
Quotes:
Willie Stark:You wanna know what my platform is? Here it is. I'm gonna soak the fat boys and spread it out thin.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV)See more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
See? Now why did this need a remake?, 29 December 2006
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

Recently I saw a pretty uninteresting movie, All the King's Men, starring Sean Penn, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, and Kate Winslet. I wasn't that impressed and I was embarrassed to see that it was actually a remake, I didn't realize there was another classic out there that had won best picture. But when I saw the remake, I was kinda scared to see this version due to the fact that maybe I was just not into the story, but it turned out to not only be a good film, but a great one that had no need to be a remake almost 60 years later.

Willie Stark is a crooked lawyer who decides to run for senator, swearing up and down the people that he is just like them and making crazy promises, he gets elected and finds that it's harder than he realized to keep those promises. Things start to fall apart more and more when his son gets into some serious trouble causing bad press, the people are not satisfied with his duties, and his marriage begins to fall apart as well eventually leading up to a horrific ending to his term when he is threatened with impeachment.

All the King's Men, the original, is a great movie that I would recommend for the classic lovers. The remake, trust me, it isn't worth watching, but in some sick way I am grateful for it, because I would have never had the opportunity to see this film. We have terrific performances and a great story that anyone could get into, not to mention the Oscar praise it got was well deserved. Sit back and enjoy the movie, the classics are always worth it.

8/10

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