- Lewis Beale: Donald Trump's campaign uncannily recalls rise of fictional character Lonesome Rhodes in 1957 film "A Face in the Crowd"
- He says insulting voters was Rhodes' undoing; it's frightening that Trump's popularity continues when he does the same
Lewis Beale writes about culture and film for the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and other publications. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Donald Trump certainly isn't the first media personality to have political ambitions -- lest we forget, Ronald Reagan was initially a film star. But thanks to his bombast and apparent megalomania, Trump is certainly the first such personality to eerily echo Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, the character played by Andy Griffith in the 1957 film "A Face in the Crowd." Watch it and you'll be amazed.