⊙ A Face in the Crowd (Trailer) 1957
When philosophical country/western singer Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Andy Griffith) is "discovered" in the local lock-up by television talent coordinator Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal), she decides that Rhodes deserves a guest appearance on a TV variety show. The gangly, overly humble Rhodes is an instant sensation and he quickly ascends toward superstardom -- attracting fans, sponsors and endorsement deals -- until he is the most powerful and influential entertainer on the airwaves. Beloved by his public audience, they would never believe that he has turned into a scheming, power-hungry manipulator with Machiavellian political aspirations. What Rhodes does not realize is that the higher the rise, the farther the fall. A Face in the Crowd features a stellar cast beyond the powerful performances of Griffith and Neal, including Lee Remick, Walter Matthau, and a slew of celebrity cameos from the likes of Burl Ives, Mike Wallace, Betty Furness, Bennett Cerf, Faye Emerson and Walter Winchell, among others.