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A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957)

  • Feb 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Elia Kazan takes on the cult of celebrity.

Andy Griffith (in his outstanding film debut) is Larry Rhodes, who is in turn "Lonesome Rhodes," a character created on the fly during his odyssey from an Arkansas drunk tank to a Manhattan penthouse.

Patricia O'Neal is Marcia Jeffries, a small-town Arkansas radio producer and Rhodes' too-convenient love interest, who ultimately comes to regret the role she played in fueling Rhodes' megalomania and rise to fame and power.

Also starring Walter Matthau (Vanderbilt '44 - Chorus), Tony Franciosa (Joey DePalma - Greasy Agent) and Lee Remick (Betty Lou Fleckum - Teenaged Twirler/Fresh Wife).

Here's a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaLQMs_VDLw


"Big Jeff Bess, who portrayed the Sheriff [in 'A Face in the Crowd'], was a Nashville-based country music performer on radio station WLAC there, leading a group called 'Big Jeff and His Radio Playboys'.... Bess was, for a time, the husband of Tootsie Bess, longtime owner of Nashville's famous downtown bar Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a hangout for country entertainers."

-Wikipedia


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  • William H. B.

    Excellent movie

    February 16, 2014

  • Bruce C.

    Sorry I missed the movie. I looks great. Ling story short neighbor's dog got I out, neighbor not home. Dog manically happy thirsty and hungry young sweet and our 3 cats scattered. Found owner then realized one of our cats was missing. I walked thru neighbor hood yelling Ollie full bast as was Joyce in ythe opposite direction. She went back and there he was on the kitchen counter. Later figured he was likely. Hiding in our box springs.

    1 · February 16, 2014

    • Wayne T.

      Glad ya'll found your kitty cat, Bruce! And yes, "A Face in the Crowd" is available through Netflix. That where I got it.

      February 16, 2014

  • Bruce C.

    I thought this was one post!!!! Dough!!!!one of these days I will become completely computer savvy!!!!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Bruce C.

    Bruce

    February 16, 2014

  • Bruce C.

    I will try to make the next one and will try to find it. On netflix.

    February 16, 2014

  • Bruce C.

    Sorry I was unable to make it. Late yesterday afternoon our across the street neighbors who really keep to themselves are divorcing and selling their house, The have a sweet young large neutered male whose electronic device broke which normally keeps him in the yard. Fortunately we found him in no time and brought him inside. He was really sweet but thirsty hungry and very excited and full of energy. Dewey was very good with him and our 3 cats disappeared. His "dad" was eventually tracked down and they went home.

    February 16, 2014

  • Dr. Jeff T.

    I had read about, and seen clips from, this landmark 1957 movie, but I had never actually SEEN the film until I saw it at Wayne's house. A FACE IN THE CROWD is simply one of the best movies that I have seen in a long, long time. I hadn't been this knocked out by a film since I saw a very different 1957 film (FUNNY FACE) at Dr. Jane Davis's Meet-Up a year ago. A FACE IN THE CROWD was greatly ahead of its time and is just as perceptive and meaningful today as it was 55+ years ago. Andy Griffith is a revelation in this film. His performance is brilliant, and his fellow cast members (especially Patricia Neal) match him scene for scene. EVERY scene in the film is outstanding, but one of the most effective ones is the scene of Griffith's character's coaching the politician in a smoke-filled room. A FACE IN THE CROWD is a shocking, hard-hitting, very different kind of 1950s movie. It actually could and should have been made in the 1970s--or today.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Karl S.

    Sorry sick child I will try next time

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Andrea N.

    See you next time, Wayne.

    1 · February 15, 2014

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