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.

SYNOPSIS

Crawford stands out in this fine drama of the rise and fall of a corrupt southern governor who promises his way to power. Once elected, his vanity and power-lust prove his downfall. Based on the 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren, which in turn was based largely on the story of Louisiana legend Huey Long.

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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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Sadie Burke: Be smart. Play square with him. You're gonna need people like us around.
Willie Stark: Are you sure?


Willie Stark: It could have been - whole world - Willie Stark.


Sadie Burke: He'll ditch everybody in the whole world, because that's what Willie wants. Nobody in the world but him!


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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.
In the original manuscript, Willie's last name is Talos, not Stark. When the novel was first published, the name was Stark. In 2001, the novel was reprinted with Stark's name changed back to Talos, among other changes.
To prepare for the role of Willie Stark, Broderick Crawford watched newsreels of Huey Long, the former Louisiana senator and governor on whose life the novel was loosely based.
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Inducted 2001
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