The Crowd ()

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The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Mary Sims
John Sims
Daniel G. Tomlinson ...
Jim - Mary's Brother
Dick - Mary's Brother
Mary's Mother
Freddie Burke Frederick ...
Junior Sims
Alice Mildred Puter ...
Baby Sims
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John D. Bloss ...
Boy on Fence (uncredited)
Roy Bloss ...
Boy on Fence (uncredited)
John's Supervisor (uncredited)
John - Age 12 (uncredited)
Party Girl at Bert's Place (uncredited)
Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
Truck Driver (uncredited)
Worker in Hallway (uncredited)
Claude Payton ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Mr. Sims - John's Father (uncredited)
Mary's Sister-in-Law (uncredited)
Doctor at Hospital (uncredited)

Directed by

King Vidor

Written by

King Vidor ... (screen play) &
John V.A. Weaver ... (screen play)
Joseph Farnham ... (titles) (as Joe Farnham)
Harry Behn ... (adaptation) (uncredited)
King Vidor ... (story) (uncredited)

Produced by

Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Carl Davis ... (1981)

Cinematography by

Henry Sharp ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Hugh Wynn ... film editor

Art Department

Cedric Gibbons ... settings
A. Arnold Gillespie ... settings (as Arnold Gillespie)

Camera and Electrical Department

Ruth Harriet Louise ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

André-ani ... wardrobe
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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 »
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Also Known As
  • The Mob (United States)
  • One of the Mob (United States)
  • La foule (France)
  • Ein Mensch der Masse (Germany)
  • Ein Mensch in der Masse (Germany)
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  • 98 min
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Trivia Several years after the film was made, alcoholism had taken its toll on lead actor James Murray, who was reduced to panhandling in the street. Ironically, one of the passers-by he solicited for money turned out to be King Vidor, who offered him a part in the film's semi-sequel, Our Daily Bread (1934). Murray declined the offer, thinking it was only made out of pity. He died in 1936 at the age of 35 in a drowning incident. Vidor was sufficiently compelled to write his life story as an unrealized screenplay, which he called "The Actor". 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Easiest Way (1931). See more »
Quotes Title Card: The crowd laughs with you always... but it will cry with you for only a day.
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