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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | June 1957 (USA)
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?



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Complete credited cast:
Percy Waram ...
Gen. Haynesworth
Paul McGrath ...
Rod Brasfield ...
Marshall Neilan ...
Sen. Worthington Fuller
Alexander Kirkland ...
Jim Collier
Charles Irving ...
Mr. Luffler
J.B. Jeffries
Kay Medford ...
Big Jeff Bess ...
Sheriff Big Jeff Bess
Henry Sharp ...
Abe Steiner


"A Face in the Crowd" charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Marcia Jeffries is the innocent Sarah Lawrence girl who discovers the great man in a back-country jail and is the first to fall under his spell. Written by alfiehitchie

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POWER! He loved it! He took it raw in big gulpfuls...he liked the taste, the way it mixed with the bourbon and the sin in his blood!




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June 1957 (USA)  »

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Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Franciosa, eager to work with Elia Kazan, had turned down a more lucrative offer to appear in MGM's The Vintage (1957). See more »


In the protest scene outside of the mattress store, protesters set fire in a trash barrel that has the letters D.S.N.Y., presumably for "Department of Sanitation of New York". However, this scene is set in Memphis. See more »


Lonesome Rhodes: Can't keep anything alive up here. Dust in this city kills everything.
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Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »


Old Fashioned Marriage
(1957) (uncredited)
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg
Sung by Andy Griffith
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Underrated Masterpiece!
25 September 2003 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

If you think that the extend of Andy Griffith's acting ability is playing a good old boy sheriff or aging lawyer. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie. In it he shows the many shades of the character Lonesome Rhodes, pulling you in with his charm amd homespun philosophy until you realize that there is a snake hiding in that Downhome sheeps clothing.

I have watch this film many times and am always fascinated by the subtle hints early in the film to what he eventually reveals to the world.

a five star movie that was way ahead of it's time.

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