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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 1 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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"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! See more »

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Drama | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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1 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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Trivia

The Memphis scene parallels the popularity of Elvis Presley, who was a national star by 1956. The rock 'n roller began filming Love Me Tender (1956) the same month Elia Kazan was filming in Piggott, Arkansas, August 1956. See more »

Goofs

"Lonesome Rhodes" is in jail for a week for being drunk and disorderly. When he's asked to sing a song, he pulls his guitar out of his case, along with a visible bottle of whiskey. It's highly unlikely the police wouldn't have searched his guitar case as a matter of safety (he could have had a gun in there); certainly, they would have found AND CONFISCATED a bottle of "hooch," especially to a prisoner who was charged with drunkenness in the first place. See more »

Quotes

Marcia Jeffries: You put your whole self into that laugh, don't you?
Lonesome Rhodes: Marcia, I put my whole self into everything I do.
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Connections

Featured in Great Balls of Fire! (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Free Man in the Morning
(1957) (uncredited)
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg
Sung by Andy Griffith
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An outstanding performance by Andy Griffith!
16 December 2002 | by (Delaware) – See all my reviews

I just find it hard to believe that Andy Griffith received no kudos or award nominations for his role as Lonesome Rhodes in this movie. His performance is quite amazing. I think that because he played such an obnoxious person, one that we really come to dislike, that people confused the role with the actor. I just saw it on TV (Dec, 2002), and maybe the world of 1957 just was not ready for this kind of realism.


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