5. Raj Kapoor in Awaara - Despite the somewhat disjointed nature of what
is required of him, Kapoor actually matches well any tone or style is
requested of him by himself as director. Best Scene: Raj catches the "thief".
4. Richard Basehart in Fourteen Hours - Basehart keeps most of his more
theatrical tendencies under control to an effective portrayal of the
intense state of mind on the edge both literally and metaphorically.
Best Scene: Robert speaks with Dunnigan about the good things in life.
3. Oskar Werner in Decision Before Dawn - Werner effectively elevates his film through his moving and nuanced portrayal of a righteous traitor.
Best Scene: Happy argues for the deserter.
2. Trevor Howard in Outcast of the Islands - Howard gives a downright brilliant portrayal of man who only becomes worse after being given a chance for redemption.
Best Scene: Madness in the rain.
1. Michael Redgrave in The Browning Version - Good prediction Tahmeed. I have to admit the choice for the final overall was relatively easy despite my love for the performances of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Alec Guinness, Robert Walker, Trevor Howard and Alistair Sim from 1951. I thought Redgrave was a good actor before watching this film, but his extraordinary work here put him in even greater light for me. It is such precise yet naturalistic, uncompromising yet heartfelt, complex and poignant depiction of a man who has slowly given up on life.