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A Face in the Crowd ()


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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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Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes
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Marcia Jeffries
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Joey DePalma
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Mel Miller
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Betty Lou Fleckum
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Gen. Haynesworth
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Macey
Rod Brasfield ...
Beanie
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Sen. Worthington Fuller
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Jim Collier
Charles Irving ...
Mr. Luffler
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J.B. Jeffries
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First Mrs. Rhodes
Big Jeff Bess ...
Sheriff Big Jeff Bess
Henry Sharp ...
Abe Steiner
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TV Prompter Operator (uncredited)
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Page Girl (uncredited)
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Barefoot Baritone (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
One of Lonesome's Relatives (uncredited)
Walter Cartier ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Casazza ...
Second Printer (uncredited)
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Bennett Cerf (uncredited)
Lois Chandler ...
Secretary (uncredited)
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Redheaded Filly (uncredited)
John Stuart Dudley ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Faye Emerson (uncredited)
Willie Feibel ...
First Printer (uncredited)
Nicholas Frangakis ...
Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
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Betty Furness (uncredited)
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Virginia Graham (uncredited)
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Burl Ives (uncredited)
Harold Jinks ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam Levenson ...
Sam Levenson (uncredited)
Brownie McGhee ...
Servant with Limp (uncredited)
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Mr. Mason's Nurse (uncredited)
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TV Director (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Homeless Black Woman (uncredited)
Granny Sense ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
P. Jay Sidney ...
Llewellyn (uncredited)
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Dr. Wiley (uncredited)
John Cameron Swayze ...
John Cameron Swayze (uncredited)
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Barry Mills (uncredited)
Eva Vaughan ...
Mrs. Cooley (uncredited)
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Mike Wallace (uncredited)
Vera Walton ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Earl Wilson (uncredited)
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Walter Winchell (uncredited)

Directed by

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Elia Kazan

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Budd Schulberg ... (story)
 
Budd Schulberg ... (screenplay)

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Elia Kazan ... producer (uncredited)

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Tom Glazer ... (score composed by)

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Gayne Rescher ... director of photography
Harry Stradling Sr. ... director of photography (as Harry Stradling)

Film Editing by

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Gene Milford ... film editor

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Paul Sylbert
Richard Sylbert

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Anna Hill Johnstone

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Willis Hanchett ... hairdresser
Robert Jiras ... makeup (as Robert E. Jiras)

Production Management

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George Justin ... production manager

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Charles H. Maguire ... assistant director
William C. Gerrity ... assistant director (uncredited)
Don Kranze ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

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Don Olson ... sound editor
Ernest Zatorsky ... sound
Edward J. Johnstone ... sound (uncredited)

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James Fitzsimons ... assistant cameraman
Saul Midwall ... operating cameraman

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Flo Transfield ... wardrobe (as Florence Transfield)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Tom Glazer ... songs by
Budd Schulberg ... songs by
Ed White ... music director: majorette sequence (uncredited)

Other crew

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Roberta Hodes ... script & continuity
Charles Irving ... special assistant
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  • RCA (sound system)

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Plot Summary

"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 »
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Also Known As
  • Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd (United States)
  • The Arkansas Traveler (United States)
  • Un homme dans la foule (France)
  • Das Gesicht in der Menge (Germany)
  • Un rostro en la multitud (Spain)
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  • 126 min
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Trivia Film debut of Andy Griffith. See more »
Goofs When Larry and Marcia have a conversation on his balcony, he turns toward her, but when the camera cuts to Marcia, his reflection in the glass door behind her shows him looking away from her. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Great Balls of Fire! (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Free Man in the Morning See more »
Quotes Mel Miller: [commenting on one of Lonesome Rhodes' on-air tirades after the two have had a falling out] I'll say one thing for him, he's got the courage of his ignorance.
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