"All the King's Men" was a hit, as was "Born Yesterday" (Crawford replaced actor Paul Douglas, who had originated the role on Broadway, in this cast). However, he was unable to keep up his career due to typecasting as a crude, boorish brute. The fact that he was a hard drinker and was occasionally belligerent on-set didn't help his career prospects.
Director: Vittorio Cottafavi.
Claude Rains got the part
Broderick Crawford - All the King's Men (1949), Sean Penn - All the King's Men (2006)
Director: Robert Rossen. Also starred John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge & Shepperd Strudwick. Plot: The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.
Director: Phil Karlson. Also starred Rosemary Decamp, Henry O'Neill & Harry Morgan. Plot: The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a Lonely Hearts ball sponsored by his newspaper.
Director: Robert Parrish. Also starred Otto Hulett, Matt Crowley & Neville Brand