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All The King's Men (1949) Review


Excellent
Broderick Crawford is no Orson Welles, but this meditation on the underbelly of American politics is at least in the same league as Citizen Kane. Also a Best Picture winner, the film traces the rise of populist local hero Willie Stark, as he moves through the American political machine like a juggernaut, chewing up anything in his way. His compatriots (a newsman turned publicist, various lovelies and heavies) stick by him as Stark becomes corrupted en route to the top. The direction by Robert Rossen (The Hustler) isn't inspired, but he does get the job done with reasonable aplomb.

All The King's Men Review


Excellent
Broderick Crawford is no Orson Welles, but this meditation on the underbelly of American politics is at least in the same league as Citizen Kane. Also a Best Picture winner, the film traces the rise of populist local hero Willie Stark, as he moves through the American political machine like a juggernaut, chewing up anything in his way. His compatriots (a newsman turned publicist, various lovelies and heavies) stick by him as Stark becomes corrupted en route to the top. The direction by Robert Rossen (The Hustler) isn't inspired, but he does get the job done with reasonable aplomb.

Born Yesterday Review


Excellent
Judy Holliday is known almost exclusively for her Best Actress-winning performance in Born Yesterday, where her mega-ditz Billie Dawn wisens up with the help of a reporter (William Holden) hired by her boor of a fiancee (Broderick Crawford). All are exceptionally well-suited to their parts. The film is slow to start but it quickly and quietly picks up steam, as Billie starts to move the chess pieces her tycoon boyfriend used to. Fun and funny, with some fabulous verbal sparring.
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