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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?

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes
... Marcia Jeffries
... Joey DePalma
... Mel Miller
... Betty Lou Fleckum
... Gen. Haynesworth
... Macey
Rod Brasfield ... Beanie
... Sen. Worthington Fuller
... Jim Collier
Charles Irving ... Mr. Luffler
... J.B. Jeffries
... First Mrs. Rhodes
Big Jeff Bess ... Sheriff Big Jeff Bess
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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Drama | Music

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1 June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before Elia Kazan ever met Andy Griffith, he had heard his comedy monologue records, the most famous being the "What It Was, Was Football" routine, which enjoyed constant airplay on Southern radio stations during the early '50s. See more »

Goofs

When Lonesome Rhodes is critiquing Senator Worthington Fuller's presentation style, the camera angle switches several times. From the front, his left arm/hand is pointed towards the ceiling; however, the reverse angle shows his left arm lowered and pointed to the side. See more »

Quotes

Lonesome Rhodes: There's always Vanderbilt '44.
Marcia Jeffries: He's gone back to Memphis. I think he wants to forget us both.
Lonesome Rhodes: I thought he'd wait for you till there was ice on the equator.
Marcia Jeffries: That's how long he did wait.
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Connections

Featured in Facing the Past (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama Guitar
(1957) (uncredited)
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg and Tom Glazer
Sung by Andy Griffith
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An outstanding performance by Andy Griffith!
16 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

I just find it hard to believe that Andy Griffith received no kudos or award nominations for his role as Lonesome Rhodes in this movie. His performance is quite amazing. I think that because he played such an obnoxious person, one that we really come to dislike, that people confused the role with the actor. I just saw it on TV (Dec, 2002), and maybe the world of 1957 just was not ready for this kind of realism.


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