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A Face in the Crowd -- Philosophical country/western singer Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes is "discovered" in the local lock-up by television talent coordinator Marcia Jeffries.


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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
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!
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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A real hidden masterpiece. See more (134 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Andy Griffith ... Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes

Patricia Neal ... Marcia Jeffries

Anthony Franciosa ... Joey DePalma

Walter Matthau ... Mel Miller

Lee Remick ... Betty Lou Fleckum
Percy Waram ... Gen. Haynesworth
Paul McGrath ... Macey
Rod Brasfield ... Beanie
Marshall Neilan ... Sen. Worthington Fuller
Alexander Kirkland ... Jim Collier
Charles Irving ... Mr. Luffler
Howard Smith ... J.B. Jeffries
Kay Medford ... First Mrs. Rhodes
Big Jeff Bess ... Sheriff Big Jeff Bess
Henry Sharp ... Abe Steiner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

R.G. Armstrong ... TV Prompter Operator (uncredited)
John Bliss ... Barefoot Baritone (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ... One of Lonesome's Relatives (uncredited)
Walter Cartier ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Casazza ... Second Printer (uncredited)
Bennett Cerf ... Bennett Cerf (uncredited)
Lois Chandler ... Secretary (uncredited)
Carolyn Craig ... Redheaded Filly (uncredited)
John Stuart Dudley ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Faye Emerson ... Faye Emerson (uncredited)
Willie Feibel ... First Printer (uncredited)
Nicholas Frangakis ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)

Betty Furness ... Betty Furness (uncredited)
Virginia Graham ... Virginia Graham (uncredited)

Burl Ives ... Burl Ives (uncredited)
Harold Jinks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam Levenson ... Sam Levenson (uncredited)
Brownie McGhee ... Servant with Limp (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Extra (uncredited)

Lois Nettleton ... Mr. Mason's Nurse (uncredited)
Logan Ramsey ... TV Director (uncredited)

Charles Nelson Reilly ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Diana Sands ... Homeless Black Woman (uncredited)
Granny Sense ... Minor Role (uncredited)
P. Jay Sidney ... Llewellyn (uncredited)
Fred Stewart ... Dr. Wiley (uncredited)
John Cameron Swayze ... John Cameron Swayze (uncredited)

Rip Torn ... Barry Mills (uncredited)
Eva Vaughan ... Mrs. Cooley (uncredited)

Mike Wallace ... Mike Wallace (uncredited)
Vera Walton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Earl Wilson ... Earl Wilson (uncredited)
Walter Winchell ... Walter Winchell (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
Budd Schulberg (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Elia Kazan .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Tom Glazer (score composed by)
Cinematography by
Gayne Rescher (director of photography)
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
Film Editing by
Gene Milford (film editor)
Art Direction by
Paul Sylbert 
Richard Sylbert 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
Willis Hanchett .... hairdresser
Robert Jiras .... makeup (as Robert E. Jiras)
Production Management
George Justin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director
William C. Gerrity .... assistant director (uncredited)
Don Kranze .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Olson .... sound editor
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound
Edward J. Johnstone .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Fitzsimons .... assistant cameraman
Saul Midwall .... operating cameraman
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe (as Florence Transfield)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Glazer .... songs by
Budd Schulberg .... songs by
Ed White .... music director: majorette sequence (uncredited)
Other crew
Roberta Hodes .... script & continuity
Charles Irving .... special assistant
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd" - USA (complete title)
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126 min | West Germany:104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-8 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #18502) | West Germany:16 (f) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann refered to FOX News commentator Glenn Beck as "Lonesome Rhodes" Beck, after Andy Griffith's character in this film.See more »
Continuity: When Lonesome Rhodes is critiquing Senator Worthington Fuller's presentation style, the camera angle switches several times. From the front, his left arm/hand is pointed towards the ceiling; however, the reverse angle shows his left arm lowered and pointed to the side.See more »
Mel Miller:[of writers] Here you see the lepers of the great television industry. Men without faces. Why, they even slide our paychecks under the door so they can pretend we're not here.See more »
Movie Connections:
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83 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
A real hidden masterpiece., 14 August 2004
Author: syer ( from Knoxville, Tennessee

I just saw this movie very late the other night, and I must say WOW! Like the rest of you, I saw "A Face In the Crowd" on a regular VHS edition, but it wouldn't matter which edition I saw it in because this was one of the few movies recently that made the jaw of this movie snob literally DROP with amazement over how daring, how edgy, and how much mastery this movie had over the film-making craft.

I'm beginning to realize that in the 1950's there was a short period of time (1955-1960, say) where the world of Broadway and the theater, Television, and Hollywood came together, and the careers of people like Rod Serling, Sidney Lumet, and "A Face In the Crowd"'s own Budd Schulberg were started. The best screenwriters in the movie business became innately aware of the increasing importance and influence of the new media form Television, while the best directors (like Elia Kazan), many of whom had directed numerous plays, knew how to cull the talents of Broadways hottest and most gifted performers, and at least for a couple of years, managed to get some awesome performances out of them. That's why I view this movie in the same sort of category as "The Sweet Smell of Success", that ever so sour and bitingly satiric parable on the corruption of American glamour and fame, and how publicity is just as much of a curse as a blessing. The performances in that film are like few others in the same era, and I think its no coincidence that "A Face In the Crowd" came out the same year as the other film. The main scribes of both those films, Clifford Odets and Budd Schulberg, were experienced with TV work by the time they penned their masterpieces (though Schulberg could also claim as his masterpiece 'On the Waterfront').

So anyway, I suggest to all who can hear me and have a love enough for this film to want to see it given the presentation it deserves, that we all write to the Criterion Collection and other DVD distributing companies and ask, no DEMAND that a restored, cleaned up version of "A Face In the Crowd", with as many special features as can be rustled up, be released as soon as possible. It's like writing your congressman, except instead of asking for a new factory of national park, we're asking for the wider availability of a piece of art that has gone with far too little acclaim for far too long. Who's with me?!?

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