Saturday, August 08, 2009

A One-Way Ticket To Palookaville

With the recent death of Bud Schulberg, we are reminded of the following soliloquy he wrote as part of his screenplay for On The Waterfront.

Many think it the equal to any of Shakespeare's soliloquies. You be the judge:

You remember that night in the Garden?
You came down to my dressing room,
And said, 'Kid, this ain't your night,
We're going for the price on Wilson'
You remember that?
'This ain't your night!'
My night!
I coulda taken Wilson apart!
So what happens?
He gets the title shot outdoors in the ballpark,
And what do I get?
A one-way ticket to Palookaville,
You was my bother, Charlie,
You shoulda looked after me a little bit,
You shoulda taken care of me just a little bit
so I wouldn't have to take them dives

for the short end money,
I coulda had class,
I coulda been a contender,
I coulda been somebody,
Instead of a bum, which is what I am,
Let's face it,

It was you, Charlie.