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A Face in the Crowd (Budd Schulberg\'s A Face in the Crowd) (1957)

A Face in the Crowd
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Andy Griffith Andy Griffith
Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes
Patricia Neal Patricia Neal
Marcia Jeffries
Anthony Franciosa Anthony Franciosa
Joey DePalma
Walter Matthau Walter Matthau
Mel Miller
Lee Remick Lee Remick
Betty Lou Fleckum
Percy Waram Percy Waram
Gen. Haynesworth
Paul McGrath Paul McGrath
Rod Brasfield Rod Brasfield

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Budd Schulberg Budd Schulberg


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6 years ago at Mar 8 23:46
A classic American film that definetly deserves to be better known than it is. Fortunetly TCM shows it several times a year. Andy Griffith is absolutely superb as Lonesome Rhodes. I highly reccomend this movie.


4 years, 11 months ago at Apr 14 2:06
Citizen Kane-like in it's rise and fall archetypal plot line, this film succeeded far beyond Kane in the absolutely brilliant performance and humor of Andy Griffith. I mean damn, I'd seen the Andy Griffith show, but this is amazing.


4 years, 8 months ago at Jul 6 10:51

Andy Griffith makes a spectacular film debut in this searing drama as Lonesome Rhodes, a philosophical country-western singer discovered in a tanktown jail by radio talent scout Patricia Neal and her assistant Walter Matthau. They decide that Rhodes is worthy of a radio spot, but the unforeseen result is that the gangly, aw-shucks entertainer becomes an overnight sensation not simply... read more
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An Arkansas hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?
Release date: 1 June 1957
UPC: 012569701793
Tags: 1950s (3), 1957 (3), Drama (3), Black And White (2), Classic (2), Radio (1), Ego (1), Idol (1), Broken Heart (1), American Cinema (1), Satire (1), B&w (1), Bw (1)
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