The idea for On the Waterfront began with an expose series written for The New York Sun by reporter Malcolm Johnson. The 24 articles won Johnson a Pulitzer Prize and, reinforced by the April 1948, murder of a New York dock hiring boss.
Elia Kazan directed and won an Oscar for Kazan in directing as well as Best Picture. The movie is dark and moving, as most of Kazan’s films. It also starred Marlon Brando, the newest name to be called a star, and the beautiful Eva Marie Saint. Rod Steiger who had made a name for himself played Marlon’s brother.
A powerful and thought provoking film, it gave us the famous lines…”I coulda been a contenda”