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The Crowd (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 3 March 1928 (USA)
The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

King Vidor (screen play), John V.A. Weaver (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Boardman ... Mary Sims
James Murray ... John Sims
Bert Roach ... Bert
Estelle Clark ... Jane
Daniel G. Tomlinson Daniel G. Tomlinson ... Jim - Mary's Brother
Dell Henderson ... Dick - Mary's Brother
Lucy Beaumont ... Mary's Mother
Freddie Burke Frederick Freddie Burke Frederick ... Junior Sims
Alice Mildred Puter Alice Mildred Puter ... Baby Sims
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Storyline

Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when John is but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business. Still he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double date. Things take their course and they soon marry and live in a small apartment. Soon John is bickering with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After 5 years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A powerful drama of modern marriage- a marriage that goes smash, and how it is saved. See yourself in "THE CROWD." (Print Ad- Steuben Courier,((Bath, NY)) 14 September 1928) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

3 March 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One of the Mob See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Adjusting for inflation, the $500 award that John wins for his slogan "Sleight-O-Hand, The Magic Cleaner" is worth $6,977.80 in 2017 (assuming that the money was awarded in 1928). See more »

Goofs

After John sprays himself with milk when opening the bottle, his clothes go from covered with milk to clean from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

John: I've brought home the bacon, Mary! Five hundred bucks!
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Alternate Versions

MGM forced director King Vidor to film seven different endings to the film, giving exhibitors the chance to pick a happy or sad one as they pleased. Not a single exhibitor chose to use a happy ending. See more »

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1 August 2005 | by MizMonet87See all my reviews

This has to be w/ out a doubt my favorite film of all time (althought Metropolis is a very close second). What King Vidor brought to the silver screen when he made this film was pure genius. Few films compare to this one. The Techniques used are way ahead of their time and reminiscent of few directors before him. Not even Griffith could obtain such amazing crowd footage as Vidor did. The story line is one that we can still relate to today, wanting to achieve our dreams but just falling short. Today it's called depression or something of the sort but then in an age of new development it was different. Not being able to achieve greatness wasn't uncommon but it felt that way. And the character in this film is no exception, I truly recommend this film to anyone who doesn't mind a good drama and to anyone who wants to see what life was like in the late 1920's.


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