All The King’s Men film paired with Louisiana food

Starring Broderick Crawford, John Ireland & Joanne Dru

Rating 6/10


– Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) is supposedly an honest man. He, a self-confessed ‘hick’, is barely educated and gets through law school thanks to some mighty tutoring by his school teacher wife. Stark is disgusted by all the corruption he sees around him. This is the South and for many in power, corruption is their middle name. Three times he tries to get elected for Governor and fails. On the final try, Stark sees a way to get what he wants by joining in with some suspect fellows.
– Journalist, Jack Burden (John Ireland), follows Stark’s career with great interest. He is inspired by Stark’s zeal for truth and justice. They become friends and Burden helps Stark with public speaking and the like. Things go from bad to worse for the troubled Mr Stark. His hand become black with grub as he opens himself up completely to the dirty world of politics. His bottom line has disappeared and now anything seems permissible in this crazy place. He justifies his actions by hanging on to his former ‘hick’ persona, maintaining that it is all for the good of the little people. As if!
– In the end, the whole thing goes to hell in a hairbasket or whatever the saying is! It just gets so thick and muddy that no one seems to be able to see straight. There’s gunfire, betrayal… disaster.


We’re back down South where the politicians are corrupt and the whole place is falling apart, so you may as well enjoy your food, right? Yep. Start with this delicious (because I LOVE prawns) entree: Louisiana Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayonnaise recipe from Srumpdillyicious.


Slimey slimey politicians. This film shines a light on the grubby side of politics. One of which many of us are oh-so familiar with these days.

All the King’s Men is a loose take on the real life story of Governor and and Democratic U.S Senator Huey Pierce Long. They called him the ‘Kingfish’, a lively and popular fellow who fought passionately for the rights of ordinary Americans. Or did he?

For us, corruption and politics go hand in hand. In 1949, it was a different story for the wide-eyed Americans who held their leaders in great respect and honour. This film would have rocked their world, shattered their illusions. Which is what great cinema does.

Main meal:

What’s more cajun, more southern than Gumbo, huh? Well, that’s what we’re tucking in to for this kinda controversial film. It’s Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe on Traveler’s Lunch box.

All the King’s Men Trivia:

  • Budget – Does anyone know? Couldn’t find this one.
  • John Wayne was offered the role of Willie Stark but turned it down because he felt the film was unpatriotic
  • Mercedes McCambridge was cast after chucking a hissy fit at the producers for making them all wait too long at the auditions! They felt she was very ‘Sadie-esque’.
  • Film is based on the Pulitzer prize winning novel by the same name by Robert Penn Warren. Any relation to Sean Penn?


Finish up with a wickedly sweet dessert straight from the corrupt streets of Louisiana… Banana Split Pie with Pecan Graham Cracker Crust from LouLou Sucre. All I can say is… YUM!

Are you a fan of Southern food?

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