"A Face in the Crowd" charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Marcia Jeffries is the innocent Sarah Lawrence girl who discovers the great man in a back-country jail and is the first to fall under his spell.
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Did You Know?
The Memphis scene parallels the popularity of Elvis Presley
, who was a national star by 1956. The rock 'n roller began filming Love Me Tender
(1956) the same month Elia Kazan
was filming in Piggott, AR--August 1956. See more
The Variety cover announcing Lonesome Rhodes on-air meltdown not only mis-spells his last name as "Roads" but is also dated "November 21, 1956" which is well before the other dates in the movie, for example, earlier he was picking Miss Arkansas Twirler 1957. See more
Betty Lou is your public, all wrapped up with yellow ribbons into one cute little package. She's the logical culmination of the great 20th-century love affair between Lonesome Rhodes and his mass audience.
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Free Man in the Morning
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg
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