RIP Andy Griffith, 1926-2012
I grew up laughing at the antics in Mayberry, but Andy Griffith was probably at his best in this almost-film-noir directed by Elia Kazan. Engaging, sinister and brilliantly prescient, A Face in the Crowd shows that Andy Griffith’s range as an actor was never really utilized on TV.
In 1957, a demagogic entertainer was considered remarkable. Today, Lonesome Rhodes would have his own cable news show.