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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.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

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

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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
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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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A powerful drama of modern marriage- a marriage that goes smash, and how it is saved. See yourself in "THE CROWD." (Print Ad- Steuben Courier,((Bath, NY)) 14 September 1928) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

King Vidor deliberately chose not to cast any big-name stars in his film, which was a tale of the Everyman. James Murray was a studio extra whom Vidor had bumped into on the studio lot, while Eleanor Boardman was a minor actress (and the director's second wife). See more »

Goofs

After John sprays himself with milk when opening the bottle, his clothes go from covered with milk to clean from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

Party Girl at Bert's Place: Gee, but you're a great, big, good lookin' some-account man!
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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 »

Connections

Edited into Woman Wanted (1935) See more »

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Depressing but fascinating
20 June 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Silent drama about John (James Murray) and Mary (Eleanor Boardman) meeting in NYC, falling in love and marrying. John wants to make it big--to be somebody. He looks down on those who, he feels, have failed. But, after marriage and two kids, he's still stuck in the same dead-end job and sees no way out. Then tragedy strikes and John starts to crack.

A failure when first released (it's easy to see why--it's very depressing) but now considered a masterpiece. The story is grim but the ending is happy and realistic. Murray and Boardman give superb performances (especially Murray during a scene with his son on a bridge) and King Vidor's direction is superb. The visuals in this film are decades ahead of their time. His use of the crowds and the individuals lost among them are just great.

Hard to describe but a definite must-see. Just don't expect a barrel of laughs.


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Country:

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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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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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