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.
Tony Fontana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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)
Did You Know?
was originally cast as John's sweetheart, and can be easily identified in still 293-137, but she does not appear in the final film. See more
In the sequences with John and his son on the bridge over the railroad tracks, for most of the scene they are on one bridge with no overhead trusses and arched sides. Then in the last shot they are on a completely different bridge with overhead trusses and straight sides. See more
Man on NYC Ferry
You've gotta be good in that town if you want to beat the crowd.
MGM forced director
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
Featured in 100 Years at the Movies