I clicked on a show tonight more out of boredom than anything else. 1957 Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau in A Face in the Crowd. All of them were very young of course and I never for a moment thought I would actually watch the whole movie. Well once it started I could not stop – could not even take a bathroom break. Griffith was about as far away from Mayberry as anyone could be. A relative innocent, a rube whose music took him to the top and whose showmanship gave him power. Big time power – until it consumed him.
As I watched I kept thinking of a line from the movie – something great – but there were so many good lines – exceptional lines from Griffith – from Neal – from Matthau. I have no idea if this pic won any emmys or oscars way back then – did they even have awards then? = I am sure they must have.
This movie and his performance moved me intensely. I will be thinking about it for a long time. Best writing. Best performance. Best everything.
If you want to see powerful – majestic – heart rendering and you get a chance to see it – well I sure would recommend it. Whew! Just had to tell you! Magnificent!