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They coulda been a contender. They coulda been somebody more original, instead of being imitations of Marlon Brando, which is who they are not.

A Mumbling Brando will tend to speak in a hesitant drawl, with a few non-verbal grunts thrown in.


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     Comics  

  • Alan Moore was sure to include a caricature of Marlon in D.R. & Quinch Go to Hollywood.
  • Done in MAD's parody of "The Godfather" ("The Odd Father") where someone says: "I can't believe it's Brando." Brando then mumbles, whereupon the other character: "NOW I believe it's him..."

     Film - Animated  

     Film - Live Action  

     Live Action TV  

  • The Twilight Zone: In the episode "The Bard", actor "Rocky Rhodes" is a Brando-esque guy played by Burt Reynolds(!).
  • Spitting Image: Done in a sketch where Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando mimick their famous scene from On the Waterfront. Steiger complains how he never became a big star like Brando. Brando starts talking to Steiger, but takes a very long time to end his sentence. Finally it turns out that he scolds Steiger because "you... never... never, never... knew ... how... to make one sentence last... for minutes."
  • A first-season skit on Saturday Night Live featured Peter Boyle and John Belushi as "Dueling Brandos", trading Brando quotes interspersed with Dueling Banjos musical phrases.
  • Full Frontal. In a The Godfather parody, Don Corleone decides to pass on the torch to Sonny... by willing him the cottonballs he stuffs in his cheeks.
  • Adrien Brody's Luca Changretta in Peaky Blinders also speaks in a muffled, lispy, Godfather-ish voice. He obviously doesn't much resemble Marlon Brando, however.
  • The short-lived sketch comedy show Hollow Men parodied this with the Advanced Brando Syndrome skit. Young men would do mumbling impersonations of Don Vito Corleone and then they would get stuck in the routine of impersonating him, even going so far as to dress up like the Don with no means of stopping. It's treated as a life-threatening epidemic spreading across the country.

     Music  

  • Stan Freberg's parody cover of "Sh-Boom" has a Brando-alike with an assistant named Stella telling the singers to mumble like he does, since rhythm and blues numbers are supposed to have Indecipherable Lyrics. It ends with a Stella Scream.
  • A stammering Brando was one of the impressions Sammy Davis Jr. did during his rendition of "Because of You", along with Cary Grant and James Stewart.

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     Theatre  

  • In Bells Are Ringing, Blake Barton is an aspiring actor who talks like this all the time. Ella finds him in a whole Malt Shop filled with Brando imitators lounging around in motorcycle jackets and jeans. She herself enters this place with a leather jacket, flat shoes, and a bunch of marbles which she keeps in her mouth just long enough to introduce herself with a Stanley Kowalski-like cry of "Hey, Fellaaaa!" Her message for Blake is to stop mumbling and buy a suit if he wants to get the part.

     Video Games  

  • The Squidfather in Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds is very similar to the Godpidgeon below.

     Western Animation  

  • The Godpigeon from the Goodfeathers segments on Animaniacs; he actually requires a translator (Or, in the shorts when a translator isn't around when he's talking, subtitles).
  • The Simpsons: Done in an episode where the Truckasaurus speaks in a Brando voice, only to be followed by a disclaimer: "voice of celebrity imitated".
  • When Ren and Stimpy are stranded on a tropical island, Stimpy is befriended by a Brandoesque native (who at one point mumbles "ack, I swallowed a bug.")
  • Pinky and the Brain depicts Napoleon in this manner, in a nod to Brando's role in the 1954 movie Desiree. He caps off returning to France with a Big Word Shout of JOSEPHINE!
  • The Critic includes regular cameos by Brando, although he is not specifically named. His voice is impersonated by Maurice LaMarche in this style.
  • Done for a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Brando in the The Weekenders episode "Party Planning", where the girls obsess over a 1950's heartthrob actor named Nick Vance. His attractive "mysteriousness" comes entirely from the fact that he mumbles all of his lines, and nobody can understand a single word he says.
  • South Park: Geneticist Dr. Mefisto, along with his colleagues in the North American Marlon Brando Lookalikes Association (who unfortunately share an acronym with that other NAMBLA).
  • Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries had one episode with a No Celebrities Were Harmed Brando who owned an island in the South Pacific, with the mumbles subtitled (except the final one, where he speaks right but the subtitles are mumbled)

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