A Face in the Crowd

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"I'm not just an entertainer. I'm an influence, a wielder of opinion, a force... a force!"
—Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes

Before Andy Griffith became a television legend playing a likable small-town sheriff, he portrayed a completely different type of celebrity in A Face in the Crowd, a dark look at the corruptability of sudden fame and power. In his film debut, Griffith plays Larry Rhodes, a rural drunk, drifter and country singer who becomes an overnight success when radio station promoter Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) and her assistant Mel Miller (Walter Matthau) put him on the air. Behind the scenes, he turns into a power-hungry monster who must be exposed.

Budd Schulberg, who purportedly modeled the lead character on radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey, adapted his short story "The Arkansas Traveler" for director Elia Kazan. The film also marks the film debut of Lee Remick.

A Face in the Crowd was added to the National Film Registry in 2008.

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