Individualistic and idealistic architect Howard Roark is expelled from college because his designs fail to fit with existing architectural thinking. He seems unemployable but finally lands a job with like-minded Henry Cameron, however within a few years Cameron drinks himself to death, warning Roark that the same fate awaits unless he compromises his ideals. Roark is determined to retain his artistic integrity at all costs. Written by
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Did You Know?
originally hoped to cast Humphrey Bogart
and Lauren Bacall
in the lead roles, but Ayn Rand
insisted on Gary Cooper
in the lead. Bacall was cast opposite Cooper, but dropped out before filming began. Hoping the film would make her a star, Warner Bros cast a relative unknown, 22-year-old Patricia Neal
, after considering and then rejecting Bette Davis
, Ida Lupino
, Alexis Smith
, and Barbara Stanwyck
as replacements for Bacall. Cooper objected to Neal being cast, but during filming, Cooper and Neal began an affair. See more
When the Banner prints its front page story "The Truth about Howard Roark", a six-paragraph story is shown - but the first three paragraphs of the story are exactly the same as the last three paragraphs. See more
I feel it is my duty to offer you my advice.
Whom do you recommend?
The rising star of the profession, Peter Keating. No other architect can equal his ability. That Mr. Wynant, is my sincere opinion.
I believe you.
Of course, but Mr. Toohey, why should I consider your opinion?
Well, after all, I am the architectural critic of The Banner.
My dear Toohey, don;t confuse me with my readers!