All the King’s Men (1949)
All The King’s Men is the story of the rise of politician Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) from a rural county seat to the governor’s mansion. Firstly he teaches himself law and becomes a lawyer championing the local people, and gaining much local popularity. He then decides to go into politics. Along the way, he loses his innocence, and becomes just as corrupt as the politicians he once fought against. The main story is a thinly disguised version of the rise and assassination of real-life 1930s Louisiana Governor, Huey Long a DEMOCRAT.
Huey Long created the Share Our Wealth program in 1934, with the motto “Every Man a King,” proposing new wealth redistribution measures in the form of a net asset tax on corporations and individuals to curb the poverty and crime resulting from the Great Depression.
I watched this film the other night and it showed the more things change the more they stay the same… it’s very telling of the people in the White house right now.
I got the film at Big Lot’s for $3.00