November 1, 2012, @ 8:00 pm
(Elia Kazan, US 1957, 125 min.)
Tribute. Member’s Movie Night! Andy Griffith is a long way from Mayberry in this blistering indictment of media celebrity. Griffith stars as Larry Rhodes, a hard-drinking drifter whose folksy charm lands him first a spot on local radio, then TV shows in ever bigger markets. But “Lonesome” Rhodes’s on-air populist persona hides an ugly reality: a dangerous demagogue with frightening ambition and few morals. Patricia Neal costars as Rhodes’s long suffering producer, and Lee Remick makes her big-screen debut as a 16-year-old baton twirler who catches Rhodes’s wandering eye. Members admitted free.