A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Wheelbarrow full of US silver half dollars
The 1957 Warner Brothers film "A Face in the Crowd" shows a wheelbarrow full of
silver US fifty cent pieces.
Patricia Neal as his promoter and manager Marcia Jeffries
as it was technically illegal to show real money (coins or bills) in films until 1960,
when the US Treasury Department rescinded a regulation.
Country singer Larry "Lonesome Rhodes" becomes popular, gets his own television show,
then becomes a megalomaniac power broker, sort of an evil Will Rogers.
Patricia Neal played his discover and manager Marcia Jeffries.
This was also the first film in which Lee Remick, Walter Matthau, and Anthony Franciosa appeared.
She finds Larry Rhodes with a guitar, records him, and plays the tape on her father's radio station.
The station offers Rhodes a one-hour radio show, later he gets a Memphis television show,
followed by a New York based television network show.
Andy Griffith sings several songs, which were written by Tom Glazer.
to send half dollars to the station to rebuild a poor mother's house, destroyed in a fire.
2. Film cast
3. Lonesome and Marcia at the radio station
4. Marcia, Lonesome, and Mel (Walter Matthau)
They are getting Lonesome ready for his television appearance where
he will ask the television viewers to send in half dollars.
5. The first night's haul of half dollars are wheeled out for the studio audience
6. Lonesome grabs some of the coins
7. Lonesome holds some of the coins
8. Closeup of the coins
The coins appear to be real and some seem to be of the Walking Liberty variety.
Andy Griffith as Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes
Patricia Neal as Marcia Jeffries
Anthony Franciosa as Joey DePalma
Walter Matthau as Mel Miller
Lee Remick as Betty Lou Fleckum
Writer: Budd Schulberg