You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

A Face in the Crowd

Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg's short story The Arkansas Traveler. It's a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America.

With:
Andy Griffith Patricia Neal Anthony Franciosa Walter Matthau Lee Remick

Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America.

Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a beloved television personality as an unmitigated heel.

Story plucks an ignorant guitar-playing hillbilly from an Arkansas jail and converts him in a short space of time to America’s most popular and beloved television personality. He is in private life an unsavory character, a libertine and an opportunist with loyalty to no one but himself. He enters the political arena, becomes aligned with an ‘isolationist’ senator, and pitches an extreme reactionary philosophy.

Andy Griffith makes his film debut as Lonesome Rhodes, the power-mad hillbilly. As his vis-a-vis, Patricia Neal is the girl who guides Griffith to fame and fortune. Anthony Franciosa plays the unprincipled personal manager, Walter Matthau a cynical writer.

A Face in the Crowd

Production: Newtown/Warner. Director Elia Kazan; Producer Elia Kazan; Screenplay Budd Schulberg; Camera Harry Stradling, Gayne Rescher; Editor Gene Milford; Music Tom Glazer; Art Director Richard Sylbert, Paul Sylbert

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 125 MIN.

With: Andy Griffith Patricia Neal Anthony Franciosa Walter Matthau Lee Remick

More Film

  • Merger Angst Warner Media

    WarnerMedia Staffers Brace for Cuts, Cultural Shifts Amid Mega-Merger

    Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America. Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a […]

  • Bob Iger arrives at the Oscars,

    Bob Iger: Disney Has 'Much Better' Chance of Closing Fox Deal Than Comcast

    Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America. Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a […]

  • Brian Roberts, Bob Iger Battle Over

    Brian Roberts and Bob Iger Go Head-to-Head in the Battle for Fox

    Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America. Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a […]

  • A View of a Sign at

    Disney Ups Fox Bid to $71.3 Billion, Outflanking Comcast

    Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America. Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a […]

  • 'Izzy Gets the F--- Across Town'

    Film Review: 'Izzy Gets the F--- Across Town'

    Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America. Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a […]

  • Quim Gutierrez32nd Goya Cinematographic Awards, Marriott

    Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Adds Spain’s Quim Gutiérrez (EXCLUSIVE)

    Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America. Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a […]

  • Moviepass

    AMC Unveils Answer to MoviePass: $20 Subscription Plan

    Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, who teamed to bring forth On the Waterfront, have another provocative and hardhitting entry, based on Schulberg’s short story The Arkansas Traveler. It’s a devastating commentary on hero-worship and success cults in America. Its basic story is somewhat similar to that of The Great Man in that it exposes a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content