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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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Joey DePalma
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Betty Lou Fleckum
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Gen. Haynesworth
Paul McGrath ...
Macey
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Sen. Worthington Fuller
Alexander Kirkland ...
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J.B. Jeffries
Kay Medford ...
First Mrs. Rhodes
Big Jeff Bess ...
Sheriff Big Jeff Bess
Henry Sharp ...
Abe Steiner
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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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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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Trivia

According to a 1983 interview with Charles Nelson Reilly, he made his film debut in this picture playing a saxophonist, but it was cut before the film's release. See more »

Goofs

During the baton twirling scene, Lonesome Rhodes announces the names of the girls one at a time as they come forward to perform. However, one of the girls is already running towards the center stage just as her name is being called. See more »

Quotes

Lonesome Rhodes: There's always Vanderbilt '44.
Marcia Jeffries: He's gone back to Memphis. I think he wants to forget us both.
Lonesome Rhodes: I thought he'd wait for you till there was ice on the equator.
Marcia Jeffries: That's how long he did wait.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 13 January 1963 (1963) See more »

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Just Plain Folks
(1957) (uncredited)
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg
Sung by Andy Griffith
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One of the best!
11 December 2002 | by (Palo Alto, CA) – See all my reviews

Not only is this film great but the performance that "our loveable ole boy Andy Griffith" gave was one to remember! His portrayal of "Lonesome Rhodes" was non-pareil in that he was the essence of evil. Griffith was even frightening in this role. Kazan did a superb job of directing. Casting real including Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, et al. Just one dynamite film!


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