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U.S., 1955
Directed by Delbert Mann
Starring Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair
Approx. 91 min. 35mm.

“Wadda you wanna do Marty?” Lonely Bronx butcher Ernest Borgnine gets stuck with a pal’s “dog” of a date, schoolteacher Betsy Blair but “you know, us dogs aren’t really so much of the dogs that we think we are.” Low-key adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s TV play became the biggest sleeper of the 1950s, winning Oscars for Best Actor, Director, Screenplay, the Picture and the Palme d’or at Cannes. 

With support from the Robert Jolin Osborne Endowed Fund for American Classic Cinema of the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. 


“A warm and winning film, full of the sort of candid comment on plain, drab people that seldom reaches the screen”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

“One of the first films in the mid-1950s to bring new naturalism, new life and new talent to Hollywood from television”
– Ronald Bergan, The Guardian (UK)

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