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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Before He Was Matlock and the Sheriff of Mayberry...

Posted by on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Andy Griffith was the hot new find of director Elia Kazan, "the man who brought you Marlon Brando and James Dean!" (If you haven't seen the great and creepy A Face in the Crowd, you must. Trailer below.)

RIP Andy Griffith.


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No Time For Sergeants, too. Very funny movie.
Posted by bareboards on July 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
wow, hey, so Elia Kazan made a bio pic of Glenn Beck. Who knew?
Posted by CrankyBacon on July 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
Paul Constant 3
Such a good movie.
Posted by Paul Constant http:// on July 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this
Callie 4
Awwww man. What a bummer.
Posted by Callie on July 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Last of the Time Lords 5
To bad, he was a lifelong Democrat of the New Deal stripe. And t hose are a dying breed these days
Posted by Last of the Time Lords on July 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
LogopolisMike 6
Saw this for the first time in 2008 when Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber were big time media names. If you've seen the movie, you'll understand how extra-chilling that might be.
Posted by LogopolisMike on July 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Gidget 7
Was lucky enough to be introduced to this by my now husband. See if you have not......
Posted by Gidget on July 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM · Report this
Merlin D. Bear 8
Just found out about this today from reading his obituary... added it to my Netflix queue. Andy Griffith & Elia Kazan ... I never knew.
Posted by Merlin D. Bear on July 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM · Report this
Patricia Neal is great in it too.
Posted by M. Wells on July 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Also, Face in the Crowd makes a great double bill with All the King's Men, the original, of course. Throw in Born Yesterday and you have a cinematic civics class with some great talent... Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, Andy and Pat.

I think I just realized what I'm doing for 4rth of July...
Posted by M. Wells on July 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
I double billed my last watching with 'Sweet Smell of Success". Influence peddling with jazz.
Posted by Large Hardon Colluder on July 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
Walter Matthau is pretty great in it too. Andy Griffith was a fine actor, but on television he made it look so easy, we tend to forget. Rest in Peace, dear man.
Posted by Bugnroolet on July 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
A great film about American Hucksterism.
Posted by gberry on July 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Kick ass movie.
Posted by Bean on July 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Dougsf 15
@0:41 Is that majorette the kisses him holding and armful of piglets?!
Posted by Dougsf on July 3, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
I watched it when W. became President and was chilled by it then.
Posted by skimming on July 3, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
A fine movie. Not so fond of the teevee stuff after, the Mayberry vision of a rural South with no African Americans. Just homespun sweetness and goofiness, the city (where millions of blacks struggled to find freedom during the Great Migration) represented only by interlopers coming into town causing nothing but trouble... a lovely little vacuum. Not Griffith's creation, but he sure did ride that train. By the time it went out, the year MLK and RFK were assassinated, it was still #1 so CBS kept the hermetically sealed vibe going with a spinoff.
Posted by gloomy gus on July 3, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 18
It's difficult to find since it was a '70s TV movie, but everyone should seek out "Pray for the Wildcats." (Put it on your DVR wish list - it should show up eventually.) Griffith plays a homicidal corporate exec, and he's perfect in that role.

Not so great acting-wise (but great bad-acting-wise) are William Shatner and Angie Dickenson, and the guy who played the creepy, blond-froed cop in Earthquake.
Posted by Free Lunch on July 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
lark 19
"A Face in the Crowd" is awesome.

Andy Griffith, RIP
Posted by lark on July 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Andy also had a fine singing voice. He released a country-ish album in the 80s that was really quite good.
Posted by catsnbanjos on July 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM · Report this

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