|Terry and Edie sprinted home to grab their purse|
before the ice cream van could leave
Brando is superb in this. He is a docker, a boxer, he has never had an education. Watching this inarticulate man struggle to express his moral conflict or sweet talk Edie is fascinating. He may not have the words, but his subconscious gestures - the way his eyes slide away from a question, the manner in which he plays with Edie's glove, the sorrowful tone he uses when his brother pulls a gun on him - tell a different story. This is not the bestial alpha male of A Streetcar Named Desire. This is a man clumsily for the first time deciding to stop taking orders and make his own decisions without the vocabulary to do so. Even if the story were not so compelling, even if Saint, Malden, Cobb and Steiger so eye-catching in their roles, On the Waterfront would still be compulsory viewing for Marlon Brando's portrayal of Terry Malloy.
By all accounts Hoboken these days is pretty trendy!