May 19, 2009
Warner Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 125 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
A savagely funny look at the way sudden notoriety and power corrupt. A small-town windbag (Griffith in his film debut) becomes an overnight success when the TV show created for him by network and advertising execs hits the top of the ratings. But behind the scenes he turns out to be a vindictive monster, and the reporter who brought him out of the woods determines to expose him. Based on the short story "The Arkansas Traveler" by Schulburg, who also wrote the script.
Produced by Elia Kazan's production company, Newtown.
Film debuts for actress Lee Remick, who portrays cheerleader Betty Lou, and actor Andy Griffith.
Additional cast: Percy Waram (General Haynesworth); Rod Brasfield (Beanie); Charles Irving (Mr. Luffler); Big Jeff Bess (Sheriff Hosmer); Henry Sharp (Abe Steiner); Willie Feibel (1st Printer); and Larry Casazza (2nd Printer).