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.
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)
|Best Actor||Broderick Crawford||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||John Ireland||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Mercedes McCambridge||Won|
|Best Director||Robert Rossen||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Robert Parrish, Al Clark||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Robert Rossen Productions||Won|
|Best Writing||Robert Rossen||Nominated|
Willie Stark: Jack, there's something on everybody. Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption. He passes from the stink of the dydie to the stench of the shroud. There's ALWAYS something.
Sadie Burke: How'd you get him here? He was out stiff.
Jack Burden: A hair of the dog that bit him.
Sadie Burke: Hair? He must've swallowed the dog!
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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.
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.
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