We watched All The King's Men last night and I'll be damned if this isn't the playbook for the Trump phenomena. Not FACE IN THE CROWD - where a relatively great guy is totally corrupted by the power of populist love - which I've always felt was closer to Portrait of Dorien Grey.
In All the King's Men, Willie Stark isn't a good guy. Willie Stark is a believer in Willie Stark from the outset. Everyone around him that is drawn to him is or becomes a believer. He's never a good guy - it's just that his path takes him through good guy territory. If he wasn't drawn to the politics he was drawn to, he would have been the same creature, only in a different scenario.
What occurred to me watching it, was this film happened to have been remade in 2006. Ten years later, fiction becomes reality.
The entire film is on YouTube which I've linked to below.