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:

Ernest Borgnine is “Marty”

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 21, 2023 From Classic Movie Man

Ernest Borgnine is “Marty” Marty (1955) is an American drama directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris, and Joe Mantell round out the cast. Marty (Borgnine) is an Italian-American butcher who l... Read full article


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: Ma, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man's life when he's gotta face some facts. And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it.


Marty Pilletti: All my brothers and brothers-in-laws tell me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain.


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


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Facts about

The first American film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Paddy Chayefsky: The character of Leo, who appears in the back of the car when Marty is approached by his friends to make up the pair for the "odd squirrel" they have with them. According to Delbert Mann, Chayefsky (who was once a moderately renowned stage actor) was recruited for the very visually obscured part solely to save the time and money of hiring an extra. According to Chayefsky, for his three lines he was required to rejoin the actor's union, which required dues of $140. He recalled the role as paying about $67.
The film, which cost only $340,000 to make and generated rentals of $3,000,000 at the domestic box office, reportedly was one of the most profitable movies ever made.
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