The funniest aside takes place during one of Walters' most demanding sequences as disillusioned Brutus. What she breaks it off to say to her convict colleagues won't be revealed here, but it's a laugh-and-a-half.
Each time I introduced Ernie, the crowd erupted viscerally. This wasn't cavalier Hollywood fandom. With Ernie, the connection was much more substantial, much more emotional. Ernest Borgnine mattered to their lives, and they wanted to show him.
Proust said in Remembrance of Things Past that true artistic genius is generally about sixty years ahead of its time and almost never recognized. Well, it's been exactly sixty years since the publication of From Here to Eternity.