All the King's Men Overview:

All the King's Men (1949) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Robert Rossen and produced by Robert Rossen.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Robert Penn Warren published in 1946.

All the King's Men was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2001.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorBroderick CrawfordWon
Best Supporting ActorJohn IrelandNominated
Best Supporting ActressMercedes McCambridgeWon
Best DirectorRobert RossenNominated
Best Film EditingRobert Parrish, Al ClarkNominated
Best PictureRobert Rossen ProductionsWon
Best WritingRobert RossenNominated
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Willie Stark: Here it is, you hicks! Nail up anybody who stands in your way! Nail up Joe Harrison! Nail up McMurphy! And if they don't deliver, give me the hammer, and I'll do it myself!


Willie Stark: You wanna know what my platform is? Here it is. I'm gonna soak the fat boys and spread it out thin.


[to Willie Stark]
Jack Burden: You throw money around like it was money.


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Robert Penn Warren's novel, upon which the film was based, was published in 1946. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Writer-director Robert Rossen purchased the film rights himself, and was then able to broker a deal with Columbia Pictures. He shifted the focus of the novel from the Jack Burden character (played by John Ireland) to Willie Stark.
Mercedes McCambridge was cast after she got angry with the producers. She and other actresses were kept waiting in an office in New York City during open auditions. McCambridge told the producers off and stormed out of the office. They called her back and eventually cast her because she fit the part of Sadie.
Mercedes McCambridge's film debut.
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