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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

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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

According to Patricia Neal, the production would have been too expensive to film in Hollywood, which necessitated the need for on-location shooting. 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

Lonesome Rhodes: Can't keep anything alive up here. Dust in this city kills everything.
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Soundtracks

Mama Guitar
(1957) (uncredited)
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg and Tom Glazer
Sung by Andy Griffith
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Just Some Historical Perspective....
1 November 2004 | by lds3359See all my reviews

A timeless story,as evidenced by all the allegories to recent personalities here ( Howard Stern, Clinton, etc...)...HOWEVER..the film is based (loosely) on a personality of the mid-50s: one Arthur Godfrey..yes, the IL' Redhead himself. Skillfully wrapped in the cliché of 'country boy makes good' story, the Godfrey story was hot news in 1957,and there weren't too many people back then who missed its allusions For those who do not know: Arthur Godfrey was one of THE hottest things in the country in the early to mid 1950's: he literally had about two or three different TV shows on the schedule, plus a radio show that was among the most popular in the day. Godfrey was JUST like this movie in this respect: on the air, he was America's home-spun hero..telling folksy stories....crooning in an off tone baritone, and presenting pure, CLEAN entertainment. OFF the air,however the legend that is Arthur Godfrey to this day is one of THE biggest control freaks in show biz history..to the point of controlling the lives of all of his 'family'..unfortunately that turned out to be downfall...One Julius LaRosa had been a singer that Godfrey had 'discovered' in the US Navy Band...after he was discharged LaRosa became a singer on Godfrey's nighttime TV show "Arthur Godfrey and Friends",where he became an instant star among the bobby sox set. In time, LaRosa started a recording career,and started to have VERY successful records..then suddenly, in 1953, Godfrey suddenly fired LaRosa from his show for the mysterious reason of him having 'no humilty' ...it has been assumed since then that Godfrey was extremely jealous of Larosa's success...Anyways, this exposed the 'real' Godfrey to the public.,and while it didn't happen as quickly or as totally as Lonesome Rhodes' career,Godfrey's career as a superstar was effectively over after that..he eventually was reduced to hosting game shows and such. Writer Schulberg obviously also puts in his 2 cents on fame...politics..the show business...and early television here, but as I said,there wasn't NO ONE in those days who didn't know it was about Godfrey....


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