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.
"...Prescient..." -- Rating: B 01/15/1999 pp.64-5,"[A] scorcher undimmed by time..." 05/13/2005 p.70
"It was the decade's most prescient movie..." 05/13/2005 p.9E