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Trailers from Hell: John Badham on Elia Kazan’s ‘On the Waterfront,’ Starring Marlon Brando

Trailers from Hell: John Badham on Elia Kazan's 'On the Waterfront,' Starring Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando week begins at Trailers from Hell with director John Badham introducing Elia Kazan’s multi-Oscar winner “On the Waterfront.”

Elia Kazan’s multi-Oscar winner was based on actual characters and events surrounding then-rampant extortion, racketeering and corruption on the docks of New York. Movie history would have played out differently had producer Sam Spiegel cast his original choice Frank Sinatra instead of Marlon Brando, whose electrifying performance revolutionized screen acting overnight. Despite this, Brando told Truman Capote “the first time I saw Waterfront, in a projection room with Gadge, I thought it was so terrible I walked out without even speaking to him.” Film debuts of Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Pat Hingle and Fred Gwynne.

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John Badham?! Where the hell has HE been all these years?!

Oh, and Joseph McCarthy had nothing to do with the Hollywood witchhunt and subsequent blacklist. He was a Senator. It was the House Un-American Activities Committee that launched the hearings into alleged communist infiltration of Hollywood and they did it long before anyone had even heard of McCarthy. Look up the name Martin Dies to see where it all began.

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