A Face in the Crowd


Release Date 1957-05-28
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A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg, based on his short story "Your Arkansas Traveler". The story centers on a drifter named Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, who is discovered by the producer of a small-market radio program in rural northeast Arkansas. Rhodes ultimately rises to great fame and influence on national television. The film launched Griffith into stardom, but earned mixed reviews upon its original release. Later decades have seen reappraisals of the movie, and in 2008 A Face in the Crowd was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Actors & Characters

Andy Griffith Andy Griffith Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes
Patricia Neal Patricia Neal Marcia Jeffries Marcia Jeffries
Anthony Franciosa Anthony Franciosa Joey DePalma Joey DePalma
Walter Matthau Walter Matthau Mel Miller Mel Miller
Lee Remick Lee Remick Betty Lou Fleckum Betty Lou Fleckum
Marshall Neilan Marshall Neilan Senator Worthington Fuller Senator Worthington Fuller
Burl Ives Burl Ives
Bennett Cerf Bennett Cerf
Alexander Kirkland Alexander Kirkland Jim Collier Jim Collier
Rod Brasfield Rod Brasfield Beanie Beanie


Harry Stradling Cinematography
Gayne Rescher Cinematography
Elia Kazan Director
Gene Milford Editor
Tom Glazer Music
Elia Kazan Producer
Budd Schulberg Writer