Karl Malden as Father Barry in "On the Waterfront"
Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up. Taking Joey Doyles life to stop him from testifying is a crucifixion. And droppin a sling on Kayo Dugan because he was ready to spill his guts tomorrow thats a crucifixion! And every time the mob puts the crusher on a good man, tries to stop him from doing his duty as a citizen its a crucifixion. And anybody who sits around and lets it happen, keeps silent about something he knows has happened, shares the guilt of it just as much as the Roman soldier who pierced the flesh of Our Lord to see if He was dead. Boys, this is my church! And if you dont think Christ is down here on the waterfront, youve got another guess coming! Every morning when the hiring boss blows his whistle, Jesus stands alongside you in the shape up. He sees why some of you get picked and some of you get passed over. He sees the family men worrying about gettin the rent and gettin food in the house for the wife and the kids. He sees you sellin your souls to the mob for a days pay and what does Christ think of the easy-money boys who do none of the work and take all of the gravy? And how does he feel about the fellows who wear a hundred-and-fifty dollar suits and diamond rings, on your union dues and your kickback money? And how does He, who spoke up without fear against every evil, feel about your silence? You want to know whats wrong with our waterfront? Its the love of a lousy buck. Its makin the love of the lousy buck, the cushy job, more important than the love of man! Its forgettin that every fellow down here is your brother in Christ! But remember, Christ is always with you. Christ is in the shape up. Hes in the hatch. Hes in the union hall. Hes kneeling right here beside Dugan. And Hes sayin with all of you, if you do it to the least of mine, you do it to me! And what they did to Joey, and what they did to Dugan, theyre doin to you. And you. You. All of you! And only you, only you with Gods help, have the power to knock em out for good.
Brilliant performance; brilliant actor. Budd Schulburg based him on a real priest, I believe.
He doesn’t play a priest in “Pollyanna” but he does play a minister. He’s brilliant in that film, too.