Treading the Boards #32

Brando, Celia Adler and Muni in A Flag is Born
Original caption:

September 3, 1946 - Actor Paul Muni (right) is on stage for the dress rehearsal of the new Ben Hecht play, "A Flag is Born," which opens September 5, at the Alvin Theater. Those who witnessed the rehearsal praised the stirring fact and fantasy chronicle of three refugees' flight from the terror of Europe toward Palestine. Paul Muni is cast as an ancient, dying wandering Jew, and Celia Adler (background), as his wife. At left is Marlon Brando.


estiv said...

The Old and the New acting styles circa 1946, plus Stella's sister.

I saw James Lipton speak about the first time he saw Brando act about this time. At first Lipton was embarrassed for this bumbling naif onstage with professionals, then gradually realized that he was watching something amazing.

Greg said...

I love that all he gets in the caption is "at left is Marlon Brando." Like, I guess we better tell the readers who the young guy is. One year later with the 1947 Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire, and everyone would know his name