A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd

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  • Elia Kazan


  • Andy Griffith
  • Patricia Neal
  • Anthony Franciosa

Drunken drifter Lonesome Rhodes becomes an overnight media sensation, rising from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. 

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. But the increasingly petulant star's ego, arrogance, and womanizing threaten his rise to the top.

Past Programs


The psychology of politics

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA