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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 1 June 1957 (USA)
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writers:

Budd Schulberg (story), Budd Schulberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Rod Brasfield ... Beanie
Marshall Neilan ... Sen. Worthington Fuller
Alexander Kirkland ... Jim Collier
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Mr. Luffler
Howard Smith ... J.B. Jeffries
Kay Medford ... First Mrs. Rhodes
Big Jeff Bess Big Jeff Bess ... Sheriff Big Jeff Bess
Henry Sharp Henry Sharp ... Abe Steiner
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Storyline

"A Face in the Crowd" charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Marcia Jeffries is the innocent Sarah Lawrence girl who discovers the great man in a back-country jail and is the first to fall under his spell. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Newtown Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shooting in New York City included 61 sets at Biograph Studios, as well as some exteriors. See more »

Goofs

When radio announcer shows up at jail, closeup of cornerstone states Clay County but Sheriff greets her and welcomes her to Tomahawk County jail. Clay County Arkansas is where the scene was shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Earl Wilson: Oh miss Jeffries!
[as he jogs over to the KGRK network's station wagon]
Earl Wilson: Good morning Marcia! Well, I think we have just what you're lookin' for; we always get a good haul on the Fourth of July.
[in reference of her periodic head-hunting for local broadcasting talent on her radio show: A Face in the Crowd]
Marcia Jeffries: Good! Come on, let's go.
[they then drive over to the town jail]
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Connections

Spoofed in UHF (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Vitajex Jingle
(1957) (uncredited)
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg
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Hilariously dramatic
25 February 2002 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

One of the best pictures I've seen to date. Griffith had the part of the womanizing, opinionated, lazy, loud mouthed bum down pat. In fact, the entire cast was superb in this dynamic, gripping, and in the first half, uproariously funny drama which clearly shows how ego can not only destroy the egotist but those close to him. This film is an equal to Griffith's fine performances as Horton Maddock in "Savages" and Howard Pike in "Hearts of the West". 4 stars.


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