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A Face in the Crowd (28-May-1957)

Director: Elia Kazan

Writer: Budd Schulberg

Score Composed by: Tom Glazer

Keywords: Drama, Talk Radio, Country Music, Advertising

Charismatic vagabond Lonesome Rhodes rises to the heights of stardom, his public persona overflowing with folksy charm but behind the scenes a greedy, megalomaniacal manipulator who views his audience as rubes. Cinematic masterpiece. This is not the Andy Griffith you remember from Mayberry! Character of Rhodes loosely based on Arthur Godfrey. Entered 2008 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tony Franciosa
25-Oct-1928 19-Jan-2006 A Face in the Crowd
Andy Griffith
1-Jun-1926 3-Jul-2012 Laconic sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show
Walter Matthau
1-Oct-1920 1-Jul-2000 Messy half of the Odd Couple
Kay Medford
14-Sep-1914 10-Apr-1980 Bye Bye Birdie
Patricia Neal
20-Jan-1926 8-Aug-2010 The Day the Earth Stood Still
Lee Remick
14-Dec-1935 2-Jul-1991 Days of Wine and Roses


Andy Griffith   ...   Lonesome Rhodes
Patricia Neal   ...   Marcia Jeffries
Tony Franciosa   ...   Joey de Palma
Walter Matthau   ...   Mel Miller
Lee Remick   ...   Betty Lou Fleckum
Percy Waram   ...   Gen. Hainsworth
Paul McGrath   ...   Macey
Rod Brasfield   ...   Beanie
Marshall Neilan   ...   Sen. Worthington Fuller
Alexander Kirkland   ...   Jim Collier
Charles Irving   ...   Luffler
Howard Smith   ...   J. B. Jeffries
Kay Medford   ...   1st Mrs. Rhodes
Big Jeff Bess   ...   Sheriff Hesmer
Henry Sharp   ...   Abe Steiner


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