a better film than i remembered. the music is a little too present at times, i think kazan took a gamble there and it didn’t pay off for me. budd schulberg’s screenplay is obviously quite good. brando’s performance is solid and inspiring, but not as good as fonda’s in grapes of wrath, to which i would compare this film. strangely, another 1954 film recalled images of grapes of wrath: seven samurai.