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The Crowd (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 3 March 1928 (USA)
The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.


King Vidor


King Vidor (screen play), John V.A. Weaver (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Boardman ... Mary Sims
James Murray ... John Sims
Bert Roach ... Bert
Estelle Clark ... Jane
Daniel G. Tomlinson Daniel G. Tomlinson ... Jim - Mary's Brother
Dell Henderson ... Dick - Mary's Brother
Lucy Beaumont ... Mary's Mother
Freddie Burke Frederick Freddie Burke Frederick ... Junior Sims
Alice Mildred Puter Alice Mildred Puter ... Baby Sims


Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when John is but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business. Still he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double date. Things take their course and they soon marry and live in a small apartment. Soon John is bickering with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After 5 years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The new picture by the director of "The Big Parade." Not a war picture; a drama of peace every bit as absorbing. (Print Ad- Newberry Observer, ((Newberry, SC)) 2 August 1929) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Asked in the 1960s why no one was making films about ordinary people, Jean-Luc Godard said "Why remake The Crowd (1928)? It has already been done." See more »


When a distraught John creates a ruckus at his office and leaves, shouting he's giving up his job, his suit is ragged and torn as he tussles with other workers. In the next scene, at home, his suit coat is perfect with no damage to it at all. See more »


Title Card: We do not know how big the crowd is, and what opposition it is... until we get out of step with it.
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Alternate Versions

MGM forced director King Vidor to film seven different endings to the film, giving exhibitors the chance to pick a happy or sad one as they pleased. Not a single exhibitor chose to use a happy ending. See more »

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A great look at life in New York in 1928
15 December 2000 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

This is easily on the best silent films that I have seen. I got caught up in the story right from the beginning. To a degree, this is a story of the great mass of people that make up "The Crowd." As is pointed out in the beginning, a story of a man who is indispensible to New York (as most think.) He isn't. He thinks he is better than those he works with and is constantly waiting for 'his ship' to come in (which doesn't). In the end he almost loses his wife because of that.

I really enjoyed the scene early in the movie when he and a friend are going to Coney Island with two girls and both stop to watch the girls go up stairs so they can look at their legs. Probably somewhat risque' in 1928.

The film really stands out for the editing. Especially when you remember that this was made in 1928. It is used to also give you excellent views of New York and life in 1928.

I will see this one again and again.

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Release Date:

3 March 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One of the Mob See more »

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1.33 : 1
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