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The Crowd
Also known as La foule in France; Y el Mundo Marcha in Spain
(1928) American
B&W : Nine reels / 8538 feet
Directed by King Vidor

Cast: Eleanor Boardman [Mary Sims], James Murray [John Sims], Bert Roach [Bert], Estelle Clark [Jane], Daniel G. Tomlinson [Jim], Dell Henderson [Dick], Lucy Beaumont [Mary’s mother], Freddie Burke Frederick [John Sims Jr.], Alice Mildred Puter [daughter]; Sidney Bracey [John’s supervisor], Johnny Downs [John Sims, age 12], Sally Eilers [the party girl at Bert’s Place], Warner P. Richmond [Mr. Sims, John’s father], Virginia Sale [Mary’s sister-in-law], Larry Steers [doctor], Claude Payton

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Irving Thalberg. Scenario by King Vidor and John V.A. Weaver, from an adaptation by Harry Behn. Production design by Cedric Gibbons and Arnold Gillespie (A. Arnold Gillespie). Wardrobe (costume design) by André-Ani. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. Intertitles by Joe Farnham (Joseph Farnham). Edited by Hugh Wynn. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Some scenes were shot on location in Detroit, Michigan, Niagara Falls, New York, and New York, New York. Interiors were shot at MGM Studios in Culver City, California. Early previews tested seven different endings. The film was originally available to exhibitors with two endings — a happy one and a bleak one. / Silent film.


Survival status: Print exists [35mm preservation duplicate positive].

Current rights holder: Turner Entertainment Company.

Keywords: Accidents - Apartments - Children - Crowds - Death - Lost jobs - Marriages - Suicide (Attempted) - Transportation: Automobiles, Trains, Trucks - Unemployment - USA: Michigan: Detroit - USA: New York: New York - USA: New York: Niagara Falls

Listing updated: 1 October 2013.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Baer-Film p. 56; Bardèche-History pp. 298, 312; Bohn-Light pp. 92, 190; Brownlow-Behind p. xxiii; Brownlow-Parade p. 341; Dowd-Vidor pp. 41, 48, 55, 60, 77, 79-88, 98, 136, 145, 150h, 200, 231, 233, 237, 245, 279, 289, 290, 296; Drew-Speaking pp. ix, 4, 38, 39, 44, 45-46, 53, 275; Eames-MGM p. 40; Everson-American pp. 11, 117, 149, 164, 196, 266, 282, 310q, 330-331, 336, 363; Fell-History pp. 112, 113, 125; Gallagher-Ford pp. 56, 109; Geduld-Birth p. 138; Kerr-Silent pp. 8, 31; Limbacher-Feature p. 53; Maltin-Guide p. 268; Mandelbaum-Screen p. 40; McCaffrey-Guide p. 12; Schelly-Langdon p. 129; Shipman-Cinema p. 98; Sinyard-Silent pp. 8, 134; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 189-192; Webb-Hollywood pp. 35-36, 98 : Website-IMDb.

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