All The King's Men

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1949
  • Running time: 110 min
In a bravura performance, Broderick Crawford won the 1949 Academy Award(r) for Best Actor with his stunning portrayal of bull-headed, backwoods lawyer Willie Stark, in this powerful drama about political and personal corruption. read more
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In a bravura performance, Broderick Crawford won the 1949 Academy Award(r) for Best Actor with his stunning portrayal of bull-headed, backwoods lawyer Willie Stark, in this powerful drama about political and personal corruption. A somber but realistic chronicle of raw, brutal power in force, ALL THE KING'S MEN is based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. It was brought to the screen in 1949 by producer Robert Rossen who also wrote the screenplay and directed thefilm. The story was inspired by the rise and fall of southern bigwig Huey Pierce Long, the infamous"Kingfish" who was Louisiana's governor and one-time senator. Long's cunning tactics of building public works during the depression to serve his own needs more than those of his constituents eventually brought about his own assassination in 1935. A compelling story of a self-made, self-styled politician, it was politics that almost prevented Rossen from making ALL THE KING'S MEN in the first place when he was named by the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities in 1947 for having Communist sympathies. Rossen's denial of this to Columbia chief Harry Cohn enables him to continue work on the film; but his earlier radicalism eventually surfaced and Rossen made only one film (The Brave Bulls) in the next five years. Nonetheless, ALL THE KING'S MEN remains a hallmark political film with superbperformances throughout. John Ireland garnered an Academy Award(r) nomination for his role as Stark'stortured right-hand man, while Mercedes McCambridge won an Academy Award(r) for Best Supporting Actress as Sadie Burke, Stark's callous, conniving political aide. In addition, the film won an Academy Award(r) for Best Picture along with nominations for Directing, Writing and Film Editing.

Original Release

12/02/1949

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Cast

John Ireland Jack Burden
Broderick Crawford Willie Stark
Mercedes McCambridge Sadie Burke
Shepperd Strudwick Adam Stanton
Joanne Dru Anne Stanton
John Derek Tom Stark
Ralph Dumke Tiny Duffy
Anne Seymour Mrs. Lucy Stark
Katherine Warren Mrs. Burden (as Katharine Warren)
Raymond Greenleaf Judge Monte Stanton
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Rossen

Writers

Robert Rossen, Robert Penn Warren

Cast

John Ireland Jack Burden
Broderick Crawford Willie Stark
Mercedes McCambridge Sadie Burke
Shepperd Strudwick Adam Stanton
Joanne Dru Anne Stanton
John Derek Tom Stark
Ralph Dumke Tiny Duffy
Anne Seymour Mrs. Lucy Stark
Katherine Warren Mrs. Burden (as Katharine Warren)
Raymond Greenleaf Judge Monte Stanton
Walter Burke Sugar Boy
Will Wright Dolph Pillsbury
Grandon Rhodes Floyd McEvoy
Marshall Bradford Senator
Chet Brandenburg Man Listening to Speech
Wheaton Chambers Senator
Stephen Chase Puckett
Tom Coleman Man tearing down poster
James Conaty Party Guest
Roy Darmour Politician at Harrison's Headquarters

Producers

Editors

Al Clark

1950 Oscar Best Picture Won
1950 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
1950 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1950 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
1950 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1950 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1950 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
1950 Golden Globe Best Picture Won
1950 Golden Globe Best Director Won
1950 Golden Globe Best Actor Won
1950 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Won
1950 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
1950 Golden Globe Best Original Score Nominated
1950 Golden Globe Best Cinematography - Black and White Nominated
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