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CB’s Favorite Performances : Marlon Brando – Robert E Lee Clayton

When we are first introduced to Robert E Lee Clayton, he walks into a funeral and lifts the body out of the coffin. What an entrance.

This might seem an odd choice for some folks considering some of the roles Brando made his mark on. Well, he made his mark on me with this one. Playing an eccentric “regulator”. A hired killer. Brando turns Lee Clayton into a walking breathing psychco killer. The Irish accent at first makes Lee a little out of his element in this rough country. He seems a little refined, soft for the work. But he is just off setting and odd to make everyone a little nervous.

If you’re looking for the cliché killer, tobacco chewing , trail cowboy, that’s not Clayton. He’s an off the wall character and Marlon brings a bunch of eccentricities to his portrayal. They work for me. Who else can wear a dress out in the middle of the prairie and be one scary SOB. When he shows up on camera you have no idea what he’s going to do. All the other characters in the film get this feel. Also knowing by reputation he’s a bona fide professional killer keeps everybody uneasy. We never know where he’s coming from.

Brando plays it with an easy confidence, arrogance and focus but behind all his low key off the wall manner Lee Clayton is one scary guy and a few times in the film he lets that out and it’s frightening. When he does his work it’s violent. Crazy is scary and Lee Clayton is crazy. Couldn’t have been played by a better actor. Not everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoyed Brando’s work throughout the film. I’m writing about it so it must have had an effect on me.

I wonder what Randy Quaid thought about Marlon dropping a grasshopper into his mouth?

“Old Granny’s tired now”

39 comments on “CB’s Favorite Performances : Marlon Brando – Robert E Lee Clayton

  1. deKE
    August 15, 2021

    I watched that second clip. Adios Amigo says Brando lol

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  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    August 15, 2021

    Haven’t seen it CB but I will, after all I’ve been a fan since “The Godfather”. All the best!

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  3. greenpete58
    August 15, 2021

    This is one Brando film I haven’t seen yet. (Don’t know why, other than maybe my go-to critic, Leonard Maltin, panned it.) I enjoyed him in The Appaloosa and especially One-Eyed Jacks.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 15, 2021

      I remember you saying that about the critics take. Both those movies you mentioned are well worth a watch ‘Breaks’ is a different ride but it has lots going on for me. Beautifully shot, good story, blah blah .. Brando is a nasty bit of business.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    August 15, 2021

    I should try and track down this movie. It sounds like a good one. Hi, CB. Have a good week!

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  5. hotfox63
    August 16, 2021

    Not every good actor is a star, not every star is a good actor. When it comes down to genuinely gifted mimes who make you feel madness as well as genius, then is Marlon Brando one of the best of the best.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 16, 2021

      Agreed

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      • hotfox63
        August 17, 2021

        Brando’s character is a real oddball. But any film that includes the Harry Dean Stanton is worth a view.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 17, 2021

        Harry Dean is good in it and has a memorable scene with Brando.

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      • hotfox63
        August 18, 2021

        Harry Dean as Cal is one of the best for me. Of course, Brando’s quirks are awesome, but in some cases he brings the movie to the verge of breaking.

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  6. Jim S.
    August 17, 2021

    Ths is the one with Nicholson, right? No word on him? I’d always heard this was an oddball flick.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 17, 2021

      I did a take on the film. Jack is good but Marlon steals the show.

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      • Jim S.
        August 18, 2021

        I thought it was kind of a dismissed movie. I’ll have to check this out.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 18, 2021

        Dismissed by who? Some of those great critics we both love.

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      • Jim S.
        August 18, 2021

        I dunno. I never got the feeling it was one of the biggies. I mean Marlon in a dress? Maybe he was ahead of his time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 18, 2021

        Im wearing a dress as I type.

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  7. keepsmealive
    August 17, 2021

    Never seen it but now I gotta. Thanks!

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  8. Tony
    August 17, 2021

    I haven’t seen this in too long, it was one of the first Brando films I saw and it was like being introduced to a new world. When he bought his A game there were / are few that could keep up

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 17, 2021

      Tony I think this performance is up there for me. Doing a take is proof of that. Every time he comes on screen you know something is going to happen even if it’s subtle. ‘Old Grannies tired”. Only he could deliver that line.

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  9. Victim of the Fury
    August 22, 2021

    Rewatched this movie within the last year and agree wholeheartedly with your praise for Brando’s demented portrayal of a flamboyant killer. The film overall really floats my boat; Harry Dean Stanton is, of course, a treasure but I gotta say that Nicholson’s world-weary character and vibe makes this one for me.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 22, 2021

      Same page Fury. Brando took a big swing and hit it. Harry is so good. More than just color. His character is a perfect partner for Jack. Jack toned it down and I liked his performance also. Plus the rest of his guy were cast perfect and were believable. Good stuff Fury.

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  10. badfinger20 (Max)
    September 17, 2021

    This looks great…I’ve never seen this before or even heard of it. How I don’t know with Marlon and Jack…as always I’ll be back within a week after we see it. I’m really looking forward to this.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 17, 2021

      It’s off beat but lots to like. Some critics hammered it when it came out. I liked it and still do. I think like a lot of films (and music) time sometimes shows that it might have been ahead of the curve, I did a whole take on the film. Brando’s Lee is just part of a good package, in my book Note the line “Smoked meat”. It will stay with you.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 17, 2021

        Something about Brando…your eyes follow him wherever he goes on the screen. I’ll be back…

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  11. badfinger20 (Max)
    September 24, 2021

    I meant to say something to today. Every time Brandon is on…you have to watch him. I agree…him in that dress looks like something out of a nightmare. When you pay attention to someone and not Jack in a scene…you are something special…and Brando was.
    The ending scene between the two surprised me…I thought they would stretch it out…oh no…one slice was all it took.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 24, 2021

      Old Granny got her throat cut.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 24, 2021

        LOL… that is one way to put it…he was out there. If you ever get time…watch the interview with him and Dick Cavett on youtube…he was complicated…to say the least.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 24, 2021

        The scene where he kills Harry Dean was pretty creepy.
        I seen that interview with Dick. There’s a doc on a paparazzi where he breaks the guys jaw. Cavett was with him. He was blown away by Marlons violence.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 24, 2021

        That throwing thing…whatever it was…I read where Marlon made that…it doesn’t surprise me.
        Oh yea! I’ve a huge Cavett fan. There are not many talk show people I really like…he didn’t interview people…he had conversations with them and took his time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 24, 2021

        Yeah, Cavett was horrified by Brandos behavior. They were going for Chinese food together and Brando sucker punched the guy and broke his jaw.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 24, 2021

        He was a big man also. I can imagine Cavett being shocked. He was one of his idols.

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