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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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Director:
Writers:
Budd Schulberg (story)
Budd Schulberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Demagogue in Denim See more (137 total) »

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)

Beverly Bentley ... Page Girl (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)

Budd Schulberg (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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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)
Certification:
Finland:K-8 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #18502) | West Germany:16 (f) (heavily cut)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Lois Nettleton (uncredited, as Mr. Macey's nurse).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Variety cover announcing Lonesome Rhodes on-air meltdown not only mis-spells his last name as "Roads" but is also dated "November 21, 1956" which is well before the other dates in the movie, for example, earlier he was picking Miss Arkansas Twirler 1957.See more »
Quotes:
Marcia Jeffries:You always drink like that?
Lonesome Rhodes:Not always. Back in Riddle they was pretty strict. Didn't allow us to touch hard liquor till we was 10 or 11.
Marcia Jeffries:Now is there really a town called Riddle?
Lonesome Rhodes:Well, tell you the flat truth, it's just a sort of a whatchacallit, a...
Marcia Jeffries:...Composite?
Lonesome Rhodes:Compost heap's more like it.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Old Fashioned MarriageSee more »

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99 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
Demagogue in Denim, 7 April 2004
Author: pensman from United States

Andy Griffith made this film when he was still an actor and not the aw-shucks sheriff of Mayberry. Lonesome Rhodes (Griffith) is more than a TV personality: he is a media demagogue who understands the manipulative power of language and images. You might think a film made in 1957 would be hopeless dated but not this one. It is almost prophetic in its portrayal of modern media. When Marshall McLuhan-I know, who?-wrote The Medium is the Message, he must have had this film partially in mind.

Griffith is perfect: he is a mixture of cornpone and Satan. Patricia Neal is the woman-frequently abandoned and abused--who discovered the man and loves him for what she thought he was. Walter Matthau is the Princeton man who becomes one of the many faceless writers behind the façade of the county wit-Rhodes: the man admired for his `extempore and natural' humor.

Watch early on in the film for a scene taking place in the local jail. In one quick and brief flash of expression, Griffith reveals the true face of Lonesome Rhodes the rest of the film tries to mask. What brilliant acting by Griffith; what brilliant screen writing by Budd Schulberg; what brilliant directing by Kazan.

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