Karl Malden broke his nose twice playing high school football in Gary, Indiana, and the result made a natural supporting actor of him. Marlon Brando broke his nose during an informal boxing match in the boiler room of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre while he was acting in A Streetcar Named Desire. The play’s producer Irene Selznick begged him to have a cosmetic surgeon repair the damage. Tennessee Williams lamented the destruction of “those classic looks.” Brando refused to have the damage repaired, and years later Selznick admitted “that broken nose made his fortune. He was too beautiful before.”  The lifelong friendship between the actor who played the bestial Stanley Kowalski and the one who played his kinder, gentler pal, Mitch, began during the 1947-1949 run of Tennessee Williams’s play. Karl Malden died July 1 ,2009 at the age of 97, five years to the day after Marlon Brando died on July 1, 2004, at the age of 80.
   –Stuart Mitchner


Montgomery Clift in I Confess (1953) an underrated Hitchcock classic.

I think it is the perfect vehicle for Montgomery Clift, because his acting can be very subtle (lots of deep contemplation and soul-searching-pensive expressions), and this adds to the inner struggle and torment of his character, Father Logan.

Hitchcock keeps the cloud of false accusation and guilt hanging over his head until the very last minute. No matter how often I have seen it, I still hold my breath, thinking his name will not be cleared before it is too late.

Noteworthy mention to Karl Malden for his portrayal of Inspector Larrue.


Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up! Taking Joey Doyle’s life to stop him from testifying is a crucifixion….And every time the Mob puts the pressure on a good man, tries to stop him from doing his duty as a citizen, it’s a crucifixion. And anybody who sits around and lets it happen, keeps silent about something he knows that happened, shares the guilt of it just as much as the Roman soldier who pierced the flesh of our Lord to see if he was dead. 

On the Waterfront (1954), directed by Elia Kazan.