The rise and fall of a backwoods political messiah, and the mark he left on the American scene, is given graphic celluloid treatment in All the King’s Men.
Robert Rossen has produced and directed from his own script, based upon the Pulitzer Prize novel by Robert Penn Warren.
As a great man using the opinionless, follow-the-leader instinct of the more common voter, Broderick Crawford does a standout performance.
The story is told through the eyes of John Ireland, newspaperman. He becomes a devotee pursuing the Crawford career from smalltime into bigtime.
Joanne Dru appears to advantage as a friend of Ireland’s, but the most compelling of the femme players is Mercedes McCambridge, the mistress to the great man.
1949: Best Picture, Actor (Broderick Crawford), Supp. Actress (Mercedes McCambridge
Nominations: Best Director, Supp. Actor (John Ireland), Screenplay, Editing