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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

 -  Drama  -  June 1957 (USA)
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An Arkansas hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

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"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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song | power | fame | personality | jail | See more »

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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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Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Lois Nettleton (uncredited, in a crowd scene). See more »

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In the scene where Marcia is recording Larry in the jail, she surreptitiously records him as he is warming up. When he announces that he's ready, she reveals the microphone and then stops the tape. However, when she is replaying the tape, Larry can be heard asking if she had the recorder on the whole time. See more »

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First Mrs. Rhodes: So... you're Lonesome's new tootsie, huh? "Lonesome," he's a hot one. I hope you have better luck keeping him Lonesome than I did.
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Old Fashioned Marriage
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Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg
Sung by Andy Griffith
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Country corruption and TV production
17 November 2004 | by (KC, MO) – See all my reviews

Their collaboration cemented in infamy with "On the Waterfront", Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg create this thang. And what a thang it is! Andy Griffith gives the performance of his career, and nobody knows it. Much like Lonesome Rhodes'

elusively corrupt character, this film has become one revered by some, and

unseen by those that should see it most.

Schulberg shows a charismatic vagrant and his hayseed charm revolutionize

television. Along with the increased income, fame greedily kills the bumpkin

within, and turns him into something much worse, if you can believe it: a TV star. Schulberg wrote another provocative work, his book about Hollywood and its

dirty denizens, "What Makes Sammy Run?". Study him and this fantastic and

awe inspiring Kazan film, and you will see why great films that followed winked and tipped their hat; films that include Paddy Chayefsky's "Network", Jimmy

Brooks' "Broadcast News", Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" and P.T. Anderson's

"Magnolia".

This film truly is a masterwork and an incredible, incredible performance by

Andy Griffith. 10 outta 10!


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