From A Face in the Crowd (dir. Elia Kazan, 1957). Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) asks Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) a question:
“But how does it feel?”Lonesome Rhodes is a product, really, made for radio and television. He refuses to follow scripts. His people, as he describes them:
“How does what feel?”
“Saying anything that comes into your head and being able to sway people like this?”
“Yeah, I guess I can.” [Pauses .] “Yeah, I guess I can.”
“Rednecks, crackers, hillbillies, hausfraus, shut-ins, pea-pickers, everybody that’s got to jump when somebody else blows the whistle. . . . Only they’re even more stupid than I am, so I gotta think for ’em.”And there’s more. A Face in the Crowd is disturbingly prophetic.