A Face In The Crowd

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  • Genre(s): Drama Musical
  • Release year: 1957
  • Running time: 126 min
A Face in the Crowd chronicles the rise and fall of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a boisterous entertainer discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal), a local radio producer with ambitions of her own. read more
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A Face in the Crowd chronicles the rise and fall of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a boisterous entertainer discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal), a local radio producer with ambitions of her own. His charisma and cunning soon shoot him to the heights of television stardom and political demagoguery, forcing Marcia to grapple with the manipulative, reactionary monster she has created. Directed by Elia Kazan from a screenplay by Budd Schulberg, this incisive satire features an extraordinary debut screen performance by Griffith, who brandishes his charm in an uncharacteristically sinister role. Though the film was a flop on its initial release, subsequent generations have marveled at its eerily prescient diagnosis of the toxic intimacy between media and politics in American life.

Original Release

06/01/1957

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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 Beanie
Marshall Neilan Sen. Worthington Fuller
Alexander Kirkland Jim Collier
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Directors

Elia Kazan

Writers

Budd Schulberg

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 Beanie
Marshall Neilan Sen. Worthington Fuller
Alexander Kirkland Jim Collier
Charles Irving Mr. Luffler
Howard Smith J.B. Jeffries
Kay Medford First Mrs. Rhodes
Big Jeff Bess Sheriff Big Jeff Bess
Henry Sharp Abe Steiner
Faye Emerson
Earl Wilson Earl Wilson

Producers

Elia Kazan Producer

Editors

Gene Milford

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