Brando for me was this mythical like actor that I would hear about while growing up who was paid a whole bundle of money to appear in the big screen adaptation of Superman. That and the fact that my Father never liked him and continually complained he never understood what the heck Brando was saying most of the time. I hang my head in shame when Dad tells the story of walking out of the theater midway through The Godfather.

So looking back I imagine Superman was my introduction to the man who seemed to influence a whole generation of stars. The Godfather debuts on TV and I recall seeing clips of it but being sent off to bed before seeing any real violence. Then along came the weight gain and the jokes and finger pointing began.

Thankfully the VHS market opened up and I rented a film I was seeing talked about in the film history books. On The Waterfront and BANG! I’m hooked on the Brando myth.


I even caught The Wild One in the mid eighties at a revival theater in my hometown.

“You keep needlin’ me, if I want to, I’m gonna take this joint apart and you’re not gonna know what hit you. ”


As of today there are only two Brando film’s I’ve yet to see. Just a matter of time I suppose. The Brave and Bedtime Story.

Sayonara was one of the earlier films I caught him in on TV and it’s still a favorite though lesser known.

sayonara poster

“You may be a one eyed jack around here, but I’ve seen the other side of your face. ”


I have often heard that Brando referred to Burn as his favorite film.


Brando vs. Boone…….works for me.

“I don’t want you to hurt the girl; I don’t want you to touch her. If I come back and I find out that she’s not all right, I’m gonna take that burp gun and I’m gonna jam it up your nose… and I’m gonna pull the trigger ’til it doesn’t work any more. ”

following day poster

“Granny’s tired now. ”


While I don’t have any classic images of Brando in my personal collection of posters, I do have a couple of original one sheets from the seventies. So-so titles you may recall he appeared in.