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Writer:
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

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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
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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)

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)
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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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Additional Details

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:
Film debut of Lois Nettleton (uncredited, in a crowd scene).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:Listen, I'm not through yet. You know what's gonna to happen to me?
Mel Miller:Suppose I tell you exactly what's gonna happen to you. You're gonna be back in television. Only it won't be quite the same as it was before. There'll be a reasonable cooling-off period and then somebody will say: "Why don't we try him again in a inexpensive format...
[...]
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
"A guitar beats a woman every time!", 20 January 2005
Author: Billie from United States

This film shows what a fine actor Andy Griffith truly is, and what roles he could have mastered had he not chosen the Mayberry path instead.

Directed by Elia Kazan, the political drama and satire of commercialism "A Face in the Crowd" is the story of Lonesome Rhodes (Griffith), a charismatic guitar-playing drifter who is discovered by radio executive Marcia Jeffries (the husky-voiced Patricia Neal) while in jail on a public drunk charge. He catapults to radio and TV stardom under the guise of being an aw-shucks homeboy who loves his fans. In fact, Lonesome Rhodes is a slimy, greedy, egotistical, manipulative womanizer with underhanded political aspirations and nothing but contempt for his gullible audience. The film was far ahead of its time in its theme and telling, and Andy Griffith gives a blazing performance that rivals Burt Lancaster's in "Elmer Gantry" (for which Lancaster won an Oscar). That this film wasn't even nominated for any awards is very surprising.

I also am saddened that it's never been released on DVD; it's one of the best of its kind I have ever seen, and was certainly Griffith's plum role and best performance. With a stellar supporting cast, including Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau, Tony Franciosa and a beautiful Lee Remick in her first film role, "A Face in the Crowd" is a must-see film, and should eradicate any opinion you may have that Griffith was only capable of his wholesome TV roles of Sheriff Taylor and Ben Matlock.

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