A Movie for Our Times

That Lonesome Rhodes (Andy Griffith). He’s a charmer in “A Face in the Crowd” (1957).. He’s got just about the whole darn country eating out of his hands. Even that Patricia Neal, and she don’t charm so easy.  He turns that smile at you, you’re a goner. He’s so good he can aw-shucks the pants off anybody.

Patricia Neal don’t know where he’s from or who he is.  All she knows is she found him in jail when she’s auditioning folks for her radio show, “Face in the Crowd”. He’s not just another run-of-the-mill hobo. Soon’s she puts him on the show, she knows there ain’t nothing run-of-the-mill about him. He’s got something. That something that just may take him far. It’s a something that’s larger than life.

‘Fore you know it he’s going national. No local radio show is big enough for him. And he does it all. Sings them songs of his, tells stories and lays out wisdom like he’s the Good Lord His own self. Ol’ Lonesome, he’s got folks eating out of the palm of his hand.

For Lonesome, enough ain’t enough. He’s got to have more and more and more. More money. More women. More power. More more. I swear that man is greedy. Greedier than Old Midas ever was.

Seems Patricia Neal has fallen in love with him. She’s blinded by all that charm of his. But there’s that day his charm wears off her but good. She sees him for what he really is, and she doesn’t like it. Seems there ain’t much she can do. Or is there?

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