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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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