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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 12 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Best Picture of 1950 See more (61 total) »


  (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)
Jimmy 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)
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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 .... composer: stock music (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
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Did You Know?

Residents of the area around Stockton, California, were used as extras in the film; often, director Robert Rossen would give them speaking parts and film the "rehearsals" to get a more spontaneous effect.See more »
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 »
[to Willie Stark]
Jack Burden:You throw money around like it was money.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Captain Phillips (2013)See more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Best Picture of 1950, 28 April 2007
Author: lastliberal from United States

Robert Rossen (The Hustler) had better luck with the story of Louisiana's Governor Huey Long as he managed to capture every Best Director award he was nominated for except the Oscar.

The picture did win the Best Picture Award for my birth year, and the acting awards went to Broderick Crawford (Governor Stark/Long) and Mercedes McCambridge.

The corruption of power, the sleaziness of the political process, the willingness of people to be used are all explored in this moving film. Again, as in the Hustler, Rossen uses the black and white medium to its full effectiveness as he presents a taut and moving study of the rise of Stark/Long and his downfall.

"Jack, there's something on everybody. Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption. He passes from the stink of the dydie to the stench of the shroud. There's ALWAYS something."

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