“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau] #50FromThe50s

A Face In The Crowd

We are just trucking along on our #50FromThe50s quaratine moviethon. How many of the listed movies have you watched so far? Today’s movie, “A Face In The Crowd” is one that I had not heard of but decided to watch based on a recommendation. What did I think of it? Read on to see. 😉 And if you have any other must-sees to tell me aboout, please let me know.

“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

Ambitious young radio producer Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) finds a charming rogue named Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) in an Arkansas drunk tank and puts him on the air. Soon, Rhodes’ local popularity gets him an appearance on television in Memphis, which he parlays into national network stardom that he uses to endorse a presidential candidate for personal gain. But the increasingly petulant star’s ego, arrogance and womanizing threaten his rise to the top.

A Face In The Crowd

My Thoughts On “A Face In The Crowd”

As many of you know, I live in Mount Airy, NC, the town that Mayberry [the Andy Griffith Show] was based on. Take a look around town and there will be no doubt of the town’s adoration of the late actor. Mount Airy is crammed full of shout outs to Andy Griffith from his old homeplace to Floyd’s Barbershop and from Snappy Lunch to the police car [that looks like the one in the iconic show] that offers tours of the town. But, you might want to take a seat for this, I’ve seen only a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and I could just never really get into it. *Gasp!*

One of my friends recommended that I check out “A Face In The Crowd” and I decided, “Why not?” And I have to say, Griffith kills it in this dramatic role. I find it interesting how little we have really changed from the gullible consumers of the 50s. Just as the crowds flocked to buy everything that Lonesome Rhodes was pushing then, we also feel compelled to purchase everything our idols tout today. I mean, is makeup really better just because it has the name Kardashian on it? Are shoes more comfortable because a basketball star is wearing them? For whatever reason we seem to think so. When it came down to it, Lonesome Rhodes really just wasn’t that good of a person. Yet everyone thought he somehow knew more than they did and his opinion was valued greater.

“A Face In The Crowd” also shows you that sometimes the more power and adoration people have, the less happy they seem to be. Lonesome was quite content playing his guitar for a few drunks in the county lockup. But when he had a country full of excited fans, he slowly came unwound, losing both his filter and his empathy for others along the way. The more he had, the more he lost.

“A Face In The Crowd” is an excellent movie the delves into social and ethical issues that are still relevant today. Even better, Andy Griffith gives a brilliant performance. I highly recommend this movie. 🙂

A Face In The Crowd

Have you seen “A Face In The Crowd?” If so, what did you think? Do you prefer Andy Griffith in dramatic roles or comedies? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

7. A Face In The Crowd [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]