in about 100 words or less
US 109m, B&W
Director: Robert Rossen; Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge
All the King’s Men is a drama based on the 1946 Pulitzer prize-winning novel of the same name by Robert Penn Warren. Loosely based upon the real-life events of 1930s leftist Louisiana Governor, Huey Long, Willie Stark – the politician, is portrayed as a populist man who connects with rural voters, and whose methods of getting things done knows few limits. As a figure both heralded and reviled, Stark’s story is essentially about his corruption in politics and the emerging enigmatic public figure whose dictatorial style of leadership was never fully realized (Klaus Ming March 2012).