Marty Overview:

Marty (1955) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Delbert Mann and produced by Harold Hecht, Burt Lancaster and Paddy Chayefsky.

SYNOPSIS

This icon of the '50s was first seen as Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay for Goodyear Playhouse two years earlier. Borgnine, in an Oscar-winning performance, plays a lonely Bronx butcher who discovers that, even though he doesn't look like Tyrone Power, he can still find love. Produced at the same time when Hollywood was fighting television with wide-screen formats and stereophonic sound, Marty's naturalistic dialogue and modest humanistic story were revolutionary in their own quiet way.

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Marty was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorErnest BorgnineWon
Best Supporting ActorJoe MantellNominated
Best Supporting ActressBetsy BlairNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Edward S. Haworth, Walter Simonds; Set Decoration: Robert PriestleyNominated
Best CinematographyJoseph LaShelleNominated
Best DirectorDelbert MannWon
Best PictureHarold Hecht, ProducerWon
Best WritingPaddy ChayefskyWon
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BlogHub Articles:

Walt Disney's Adventures of Spin and Marty

By Rick29 on Jan 17, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Marty arrives at the Triple R. Although later Mickey Mouse Club serials may be better remembered today, the most popular one--by far--during its original broadcast was The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955). No, it wasn't based on a famous children's book series like The Mystery of the Applegate T... Read full article


Overlooked Gems: The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955)

By Lesley Coffin on Aug 30, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

In the transition from summer to fall, freedom to school, I wanted to take a closer look at some images of childhood and teenage life we don’t know of.? While the two I’ve picked aren’t “films” I thought for an example of an “overlooked gem,” the four hour D... Read full article


Marty Piletti: Classic Movie Characters with Kickass Confidence

By Annmarie Gatti on Jul 1, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Marty Piletti in Marty, played by Ernest Borgnine (Academy Award for Best Actor) There are certain movies that I love to watch over and over. Marty is one of them. Marty is the story of a sweet, but socially-awkward man whose family is constantly hounding him to get married. A 34-year-old butcher fr... Read full article


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Quotes from

Marty Pilletti: All right, so I'll go to the Stardust Ballroom. I'll put on a blue suit, and I'll go. And you know what I'm gonna get for my trouble? Heartache. A big night of heartache.


Marty Pilletti: I've been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life.


Aunt Catherine: College girls are one step from the street, I tell you. My son Joseph wife, she type on the typewriter - one step from the street!


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Facts about

Washington lawyer Edward Bennett Williams was offered a 10% ownership in the movie in lieu of a fee for legal work he had done. He turned down the stake and took his fee, thus losing a considerable amount of money.
Future actress Joi Lansing (then a pin-up model) can be seen on cover of "Girls & Gags," a girlie magazine Marty's pals oogle at least twice during movie.
It was rumored that producers Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster financed the movie as a tax-write off, believing the picture would lose money.
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Released 1955
Inducted 1994
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