ON THE WATERFRONT MOVIE CAST - LOBBY CARD UNSIGNED (MEX) 1954 - HFSID 260027
Sale Price $90.00
ON THE WATERFRONT. Mexican Lobby card unsigned. Color, 14x11.
Promotion for the 1954 film, On the Waterfront. This classic story
of Mob informers was based on a number of true stories and filmed on location in
and around the docks of New York and New Jersey. Mob-connected union boss Johnny
Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) rules the waterfront with an iron fist. The police know
that he's been responsible for a number of murders, but witnesses play deaf and
dumb ("plead D & D"). Washed-up boxer Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) has had
an errand-boy job because of the influence of his brother Charley, a crooked
union lawyer (Rod Steiger). Witnessing one of Friendly's rub-outs, Terry is
willing to keep his mouth shut until he meets the dead dockworker's sister, Edie
(Eva Marie Saint). "Waterfront priest" Father Barry (Karl Malden) tells Terry
that Edie's brother was killed because he was going to testify against boss
Friendly before the crime commission. Because he could have intervened, but
didn't, Terry feels somewhat responsible for the death. When Father Barry
receives a beating from Friendly's goons, Terry is persuaded to cooperate with
the commission. Featuring Brando's famous "I coulda been a contendah" speech,
On the Waterfront has often been seen as an allegory of "naming names"
against suspected Communists during the anti-Communist investigations of the
1950s. Director Elia Kazan famously informed on suspected Communists before a
government committee - unlike many of his
colleagues, some of whom went to prison for refusing to "name names" and many
more of whom were blacklisted from working in the film industry for many years
to come - and Budd Schulberg's screenplay
has often been read as an elaborate defense of the informer's position. On
the Waterfront won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted
Screenplay, Best Actor for Brando, and Best Supporting Actress for Saint.
Slightly creased at corners. Holes at corners. Tape remnant at upper and lower
margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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