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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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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(152 articles)
A Naked Face in The Crowded City
 (From CultureCatch. 8 April 2014, 5:33 AM, PDT)

Late Scribe Budd Schulberg Signs With Gersh
 (From Deadline New York. 26 March 2014, 11:27 AM, PDT)

Eternal Screencaps from the Blogging Mind
 (From FilmExperience. 4 March 2014, 8:07 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Underrated Masterpiece! See more (126 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 ... Senator 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)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The majority of the movie was filmed at Biograph Studios built in 1912 by American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. The studio was sold several times throughout the years and burned down in 1980.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:
Mel Miller:[of TV] You gotta be a saint to stand all the power that little box can give you.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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80 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Masterpiece!, 25 September 2003
Author: ManCalldHorseonaHorseWitNoName from Maryland, USA

If you think that the extend of Andy Griffith's acting ability is playing a good old boy sheriff or aging lawyer. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie. In it he shows the many shades of the character Lonesome Rhodes, pulling you in with his charm amd homespun philosophy until you realize that there is a snake hiding in that Downhome sheeps clothing.

I have watch this film many times and am always fascinated by the subtle hints early in the film to what he eventually reveals to the world.

a five star movie that was way ahead of it's time.

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