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Budd Schulberg (story)
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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!
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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 ... Minor Role (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
 
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Also Known As:
"Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
126 min | West Germany:104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann refers to controversial FOX News commentator Glenn Beck as "Lonesome Rhodes" Beck, after Andy Griffith's character in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:This whole country's just like my flock of sheep!
Marcia Jeffries:Sheep?
Lonesome Rhodes:Rednecks, crackers, hillbillies, hausfraus, shut-ins, pea-pickers - everybody that's got to jump when somebody else blows the whistle. They don't know it yet, but they're all gonna be 'Fighters for Fuller'. They're mine! I own 'em! They think like I do. Only they're even more stupid than I am, so I gotta think for 'em. Marcia, you just wait and see. I'm gonna be the power behind the president - and you'll be the power behind me!
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129 out of 151 people found the following review useful.
Just Some Historical Perspective...., 1 November 2004
Author: lds3359 from Hudson Valley NY

A timeless story,as evidenced by all the allegories to recent personalities here ( Howard Stern, Clinton, etc...)...HOWEVER..the film is based (loosely) on a personality of the mid-50s: one Arthur Godfrey..yes, the IL' Redhead himself. Skillfully wrapped in the cliché of 'country boy makes good' story, the Godfrey story was hot news in 1957,and there weren't too many people back then who missed its allusions For those who do not know: Arthur Godfrey was one of THE hottest things in the country in the early to mid 1950's: he literally had about two or three different TV shows on the schedule, plus a radio show that was among the most popular in the day. Godfrey was JUST like this movie in this respect: on the air, he was America's home-spun hero..telling folksy stories....crooning in an off tone baritone, and presenting pure, CLEAN entertainment. OFF the air,however the legend that is Arthur Godfrey to this day is one of THE biggest control freaks in show biz history..to the point of controlling the lives of all of his 'family'..unfortunately that turned out to be downfall...One Julius LaRosa had been a singer that Godfrey had 'discovered' in the US Navy Band...after he was discharged LaRosa became a singer on Godfrey's nighttime TV show "Arthur Godfrey and Friends",where he became an instant star among the bobby sox set. In time, LaRosa started a recording career,and started to have VERY successful records..then suddenly, in 1953, Godfrey suddenly fired LaRosa from his show for the mysterious reason of him having 'no humilty' ...it has been assumed since then that Godfrey was extremely jealous of Larosa's success...Anyways, this exposed the 'real' Godfrey to the public.,and while it didn't happen as quickly or as totally as Lonesome Rhodes' career,Godfrey's career as a superstar was effectively over after that..he eventually was reduced to hosting game shows and such. Writer Schulberg obviously also puts in his 2 cents on fame...politics..the show business...and early television here, but as I said,there wasn't NO ONE in those days who didn't know it was about Godfrey....

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