Moviedrome Mondays: One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome host Alex Cox introducing Marlon Brando’s only film as director entitled One-Eyed Jacks (1961), so all of you readers will have to make due with his intro transcript (read here). This episode’s original airdate was September 4, 1988 and it was the last one for season 1 of Moviedrome (read here and here). No need for me to recap everything Cox says about this film, other than his implication that it is a great film. Equally interesting is the film’s production history (click on the link to the film’s title).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer



9 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

  1. At one time Brando was my favorite actor. I still think he was a wonderful actor, but sometimes he goes to over the top with his slow burn and volcanic eruption. It’s like he paved the way for the over the top Al Pacino (2nd half of his career with the exception of Donnie Brasco.) I think he did a fine job of acting, but it might of been better if he’d directed another leading man, maybe Kirk Douglas or, especially, Paul Newman, in the role.

  2. As big as I love the acting work of both Kirk Douglas and Paul Newman, I personally feel that Marlon Brando was perfect in the role and I think it was an epic way to play the character, but then again, that is just me. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. One Eyed Jacks is another Moviedrome film I’ve no recollection of, although I like the look of the cast with Brando, Karl Malden, Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens. I was interested reading Alex Cox’s introduction that Sam Peckinpah was originally attached and hoped to make it his first feature film, he dropped out when Brando wanted to replace him with Stanley Kubrick. Of course Brando went on to direct it himself and originally came in with a 5 hour cut. Cox thought the final cut was a “wonderful movie” which is good enough for me. I’m looking forward to watching this one.

  4. Another Favorite. Classic. Brando and Malden are marvelous.
    I recall how shocked I was at the bullwhip scene and then he gets his hand smashed – when I was a kid. Heavy scene. Still is.
    Fun to watch Pickens and Johnson playing bad guys – then later became heroes.
    Brando was already proving hard to work with, but on the screen he’s a God.

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