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August 11, 2009

“On the Waterfront” screenwriter Schulberg dies, 95

His screenwriting included 1957’s “A Face in the Crowd,” but it was the classic “On the Waterfront” for which Schulberg will be best remembered.

The 1954 film, based on the award-winning Tennessee Williams play about corruption on the New Jersey waterfront, earned 12 Oscar nominations and won eight of Hollywood’s top honors including screenwriting for Schulberg.

In your obituary of screenwriter Budd Schulberg, you mention that “On The Waterfront” was adapted from a Tennessee Williams play about longshoremen. That is incorrect. The screeplay was not based on a Williams’ play, but rather, on a series of articles in THE NEW YORK SUN, “Crimes on the Waterfront” by Malcolm Johnson.


We corrected: GBU Editor

Actor Karl Malden accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award during 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, in a 2004 file photo.  The actor, known for roles in films like “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “On the Waterfront,” died July 1, 2009 at age 97. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

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