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All the King's Men

"He Might Have Been A Pretty Good Guy . . . If Too Much Power . . . And Women . . . Hadn't Gone To his Head !"

1949-11-16 Drama 1hr 49m

A man of humble beginnings and honest intentions rises to power by nefarious means. Along for the wild ride are an earnest reporter, a heretofore classy society girl, and a too-clever-for-her-own-good political flack.

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Storyline

A man of humble beginnings and honest intentions rises to power by nefarious means. Along for the wild ride are an earnest reporter, a heretofore classy society girl, and a too-clever-for-her-own-good political flack.

  • Released
    1949-11-16
  • Revenue
    n/a
  • Budget
    n/a
  • Runtime
    1hr 49m
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    7.4
  • Production
    Columbia Pictures

Crew

Robert Rossen
Director
Robert Rossen
Screenplay
Robert Rossen
Producer

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Cast

John Ireland

John Ireland

Jack Burden
Joanne Dru

Joanne Dru

Anne Stanton
John Derek

John Derek

Tom Stark
Ralph Dumke

Ralph Dumke

Tiny Duffy
Anne Seymour

Anne Seymour

Mrs. Lucy Stark
Katherine Warren

Katherine Warren

Mrs. Burden
Raymond Greenleaf

Raymond Greenleaf

Judge Monte Stanton
Walter Burke

Walter Burke

Sugar Boy
Will Wright

Will Wright

Dolph Pillsbury
Grandon Rhodes

Grandon Rhodes

Floyd McEvoy
Marshall Bradford

Marshall Bradford

Senator (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg

Chet Brandenburg

Man Listening to Speech (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers

Wheaton Chambers

Senator (uncredited)
Stephen Chase

Stephen Chase

Puckett (uncredited)
Tom Coleman

Tom Coleman

Man Tearing Down Poster (uncredited)
James Conaty

James Conaty

Party Guest (uncredited)
Roy Darmour

Roy Darmour

Politician at Harrison's Headquarters (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey

Earle S. Dewey

Joe Harrison (Uncredited)
King Donovan

King Donovan

Reporter (Uncredited)
Robert Filmer

Robert Filmer

Editor (Uncredited)
Paul Ford

Paul Ford

Spokesman for Impeachment (Uncredited)
Dick Gordon

Dick Gordon

Politician (Uncredited)
William E. Green

William E. Green

Senator (Uncredited)
Charles Haefeli

Charles Haefeli

Man in Cheap Bar (Uncredited)
Frank Hagney

Frank Hagney

Stark Strong-Arm Man (Uncredited)
Richard Hale

Richard Hale

Richard Hale (Uncredited)
Bert Hanlon

Bert Hanlon

Editor (Uncredited)
Judd Holdren

Judd Holdren

Politician (Uncredited)
Robert Karnes

Robert Karnes

Legislator (Uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp

Kenner G. Kemp

Legislator (Uncredited)
Donald Kerr

Donald Kerr

Spectator (Uncredited)
Nolan Leary

Nolan Leary

Senator (Uncredited)
Wilbur Mack

Wilbur Mack

Former Governor Stanton (Uncredited)
Louis Mason

Louis Mason

Minister (Uncredited)
Paul Maxey

Paul Maxey

Local Chairman (Uncredited)
Frank McLure

Frank McLure

Doctor (Uncredited)
Walter Merrill

Walter Merrill

Man in City Bar (Uncredited)
Harold Miller

Harold Miller

Speaker of the House (Uncredited)
John "Skins" Miller

John "Skins" Miller

Drunk at Football Game (Uncredited)
Pat O'Malley

Pat O'Malley

Politician (Uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre

Jeffrey Sayre

Party Guest (Uncredited)
Charles Sherlock

Charles Sherlock

Politician at Harrison's Headquarters (Uncredited)
Ray Spiker

Ray Spiker

Farmer Listing to Speech (Uncredited)
Helene Stanley

Helene Stanley

Helene Hale (Uncredited)
Larry Steers

Larry Steers

Man at Impeachment Hearing (Uncredited)
Houseley Stevenson

Houseley Stevenson

Madison, Editor (Uncredited)
Charles Sullivan

Charles Sullivan

Man Listening to Speech (Uncredited)
William Tannen

William Tannen

Man in City Bar (Uncredited)
Phil Tully

Phil Tully

Football Coach (Uncredited)
Glen Walters

Glen Walters

Woman Listening to Speech (Uncredited)
Frank Wilcox

Frank Wilcox

Public Relations Man (Uncredited)
Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson

One of Duffy's Goons (Uncredited)
Bill Wolfe

Bill Wolfe

Farmer (Uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr.

Al Wyatt Sr.

State Trooper (Uncredited)
Sam Harris

Sam Harris

Politician (Uncredited)
Charles Ferguson

Charles Ferguson

Newspaper Office Worker (Uncredited)
Richard Bartell

Richard Bartell

State Legislator (Uncredited)
Mary Bear

Mary Bear

File Clerk (Uncredited)
William Bruce

William Bruce

Commissioner (Uncredited)
Edwin Chandler

Edwin Chandler

Radio Announcer (Uncredited)
William Cottrell

William Cottrell

Reporter (Uncredited)
Jack Deery

Jack Deery

Man at Impeachment Hearing (Uncredited)
George Farmer

George Farmer

Bus Man (Uncredited)
Tom Ferrandini

Tom Ferrandini

Politician (Uncredited)
Ted French

Ted French

Dance Caller (Uncredited)
Slim Gaut

Slim Gaut

Man Listening to Speech (Uncredited)
John Giles

John Giles

Young Boy (Uncredited)
Avery Graves

Avery Graves

Senator (Uncredited)
Jimmie Horan

Jimmie Horan

Man Listening to Speech (Uncredited)
James Linn

James Linn

Politician (Uncredited)
H.C. Miller

H.C. Miller

Pa Stark (Uncredited)
Truett Myers

Truett Myers

Minister at Funeral (Uncredited)
Frank O'Connor

Frank O'Connor

Party Guest (Uncredited)
Sammy Shack

Sammy Shack

Duffy Associate (Uncredited)
Irving Smith

Irving Smith

Butler (Uncredited)
George Taylor

George Taylor

Politician (Uncredited)
Al Thompson

Al Thompson

Man in Cheap Bar (Uncredited)
Glen Thompson

Glen Thompson

State Trooper (Uncredited)
A.C. Tillman

A.C. Tillman

Sheriff (Uncredited)
Reba Waterson

Reba Waterson

Receptionist (Uncredited)

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A Review by John Chard 9

Written by John Chard on 2019-06-04

Honesty, integrity, corruption and murder! Willie Stark is an upstanding pillar of the community, when he is coaxed into standing in the... read more

Honesty, integrity, corruption and murder! Willie Stark is an upstanding pillar of the community, when he is coaxed into standing in the local election he gets a thirst for politics. As he progresses through the political ranks he loses sight of the very things that he first stood for, with him, and all those associated with him getting muddier by the day. Adapted by Robert Rossen (director and screenplay) from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, All The King's Men is the story about the rise and fall of a rotten politician. Almost certainly based on Louisiana Governor, Huey Pierce Long, it's a towering piece of work that is as politically cynical as it is ego centrically human. Not merely just another film about "when good guys go bad", this picture serves notice to the many things that drives politics on, for better or worse. The role of the press is under scrutiny for example, and just how come simple things such as rallies can be staged by some conniving aide sitting at the back? All roads in this gritty piece are paved with suspicious looking stones, the very foundations of which have been murkily formed. It's a testament to Rossen and his excellent cast that All The King's Men is still as potent today as it obviously was back at the tail end of the 40s. Every once in a while a similarly themed film will come our way, but few, if any, can boast the hard hitting realism that seams throughout Rossen's film. Helped by location shooting at run down Stockton in California, and boosted by a powerhouse performance from Broderick Crawford as Stark, this film most definitely is a hallmark in the political genre. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it won three in the main categories, Best Actor (Crawford), Best Picture (rightly) and Best Supporting Actress (Mercedes McCambridge with an incredible debut performance). 9/10

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A Review by John Chard

Honesty, integrity, corruption and murder! Willie Stark is an upstanding pillar of the community, when he is coaxed into standing in the local election he gets a thirst for politics. As he progresses through the political ranks he loses...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 9

Written by John Chard on 2019-06-04

Honesty, integrity, corruption and murder! Willie Stark is an upstanding pillar of the community, when he is coaxed into standing in the local election he gets a thirst for politics. As he progres...

read more