A Face in the Crowd is one of the most famous movies in which Andy Griffith has ever starred. The movie was released in 1957. Cast included Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick and Anthony Franciosa, too. A Face in the Crowd was directed by Elia Kazan.
Andy Griffith’s performance is this movie is absolutely impressive. He plays the role of Larry Rhodes, who is plucked out of jail. He is set to sing on a radio show, impressing with his voice, but also with his personal charm. Larry seems to be so talented that he actually lands on the stage of a television show.
Larry becomes so popular and has so many fans that soon he receives his own show in New York City. However, success and popularity cannot last for the new star, as it seems impossible for him to stay away of scandals. At a certain point in the movie a woman will actually claim to be his legal wife, even though Larry seem to be unaware of that.
By the end of the movie, Larry Rhodes will return to jail. The movie is quite interesting and Andy’s role is amazing. Actually, this story has real-life inspirations. It seems that Larry Rhodes character has actually been inspired by radio star Arthur Godfrey, who achieved fame in the 1940s.
A Face in the Crowd was well received by critics and fans. The movie is still popular, even though there have passed more than 50 years since the moment when it was first released.