On the Waterfront (1954)

 

 

Director:      Elia Kazan.

Starring:      Marlon Brando (Terry Malloy), Karl Malden (Father Barry), Lee J. Cobb (Johnny Friendly), Rod Steiger (Charley Malloy), Pat Henning (Kayo Dugan), Leif Erickson (Glover), James Westerfield (Big Mac), Tony Galento (Truck), Tami Mauriello (Tillio), John F. Hamilton ('Pop' Doyle), John Heldabrand (Mott), Rudy Bond (Moose), Don Blackman (Luke), Arthur Keegan (Jimmy), Abe Simon (Barney).

Academy Awards:  eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), Best Story and Screenplay.

Brando is an ex-prize fighter now involved in a fight against union corruption along the New York waterfront. Malloy even has to face resistance from his own brother.  

The film was Kazan's defense of his turning in the names of his Hollywood contemporaries during Senator Joe McCarthy's anti-Communism hearings.  (We know that union bribes and corruption are illegal, but is being a Communist or leftist a crime too?)

 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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