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."