FACE IN THE CROWD, A (1957)
An acid satire of the mass media, including advertising, TV and the packaging of politicians, as guitar-plucking Andy Griffith rockets from an Arkansas jail to TV stardom, with the help of journalist-turned-publicist Patricia Neal's intense coaching and connections. This film marks the second great collaboration between director Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg, coming just a few years after their triumph ON THE WATERFRONT. Featured in supporting roles are a pre-grouchy Walter Matthau as the mustachioed nice-guy writer and Lee Remick, in her screen debut, as a baton-twirling Southern belle. DIR/PROD Elia Kazan; SCR Budd Schulberg. U.S., 1957, b&w, 125 min. NOT RATED
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