Directed by Fred Zinnemann • 1950 • United States
Starring Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane
Marlon Brando made his big-screen debut with his magnetic performance as Ken Wilocek, a World War II veteran paralyzed in combat who sinks into a solitary world of hatred and hostility. Working against parental wishes, societal indifference, and his own self-doubts, Ken’s devoted fiancee (Teresa Wright) attempts to break through his roiling anger. Brando spent one month in an army hospital to prepare for his role in this sensitive drama, which gives moving expression to the physical and psychological struggles faced by disabled veterans.