Click here to watch an excerpt from the film online.
The first movie which actor Andy Griffith made is “A Face in the Crowd” (1957).
The film was mentioned in news reports following the death last Thursday at age 77 of another actor in the film, Anthony Franciosa.
It was also one of Franciosa’s first films.
You can watch a clip from the film (about 3 minutes).
Andy Griffith plays a right-wing talk show host talking to a right-wing Senator he’s coached who denounces ‘big government” like Social Security.
Anthony Franciosa plays a TV producer who points his finger at the 8th second of that video clip (he does more elsewhere in the movie.)
Walter Mathau (”The Odd Couple,” “Grumpy Old Men”) plays a writer who used to write for the Andy Griffith character, who is now writing a book critical of him. He says the book will be titled “Demagogue in Denim.”
Patricia Neal plays another TV producer for the Griffith character. In the video clip, her character is watching the show from a bar.
At the start of this video clip, the Andy Griffith character bashes England much like Bill O’Reilly bashes France. (France opposed the Iraq War. Consequently, Bill O’Reilly has tried to lead a boycott of French products. However, American sales of French products have increased since the start of the boycott.)