A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Paddy Chayefsky (story), Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Marty Piletti
Betsy Blair ... Clara Snyder
Esther Minciotti ... Teresa Piletti
Augusta Ciolli Augusta Ciolli ... Aunt Catherine
Joe Mantell ... Angie
Karen Steele ... Virginia
Jerry Paris ... Tommy
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Storyline

Stuck as the last of six children at home with an overbearing Italian mother, the only child still unmarried, 34 year old socially awkward Bronx butcher Marty faces middle age with no prospects of marriage, and he faces permanent bachelorhood. But when he is goaded by his mother into going to the Stardust Ballroom one Saturday night, Marty unexpectedly meets Clara, a lonely teacher. Suddenly, Marty's future seems bright. Written by trivwhiz

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky was inspired to write the source material for this film when he stumbled across a Friday night Friendship Club Meeting at the ballroom of the Abbey Hotel in New York City. Chayefsky noticed a sign near the ballroom entrance that read "Girls, Dance With the Man Who Asks You. Remember, Men Have Feelings, Too," it gave him the idea for a play about a young woman attending a neighborhood dance like that. He said that he wanted to write a film about a man who goes to a ballroom, and that he set out to make Marty "the most ordinary love story in the world." See more »

Goofs

When Marty and his mother are getting ready for Mass, Marty drinks a glass of water and his mother has some coffee. In an observant Catholic household, If they were planning to receive Holy Communion. it would have been forbidden to have anything to eat or drink before Mass. See more »

Quotes

Teresa Piletti: [to Catherine] Where you go, rain go. Someday you gonna smile, we gonna have a big holiday.
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Alternate Versions

When Marty drops off Clara at her home after their evening out, there is an additional 5-minute sequence where she visits her parents in their bedroom and discusses her date with Marty (included in the CBS FOX VHS and the 2014 Kino Lorber releases, but deleted from the MGM Vintage Classics VHS and DVD). See more »

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Marty
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Paddy Chayefsky (uncredited)
Played during the opening credits and throughout the picture
Sung by male voices during the closing cast credits
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Great, Touching and Timeless
23 May 2004 | by Lorenzo1950See all my reviews

I love movies of the 1950's and this is a prime example of the quality today's movies seem to lack.

Being Italian myself I can relate to Marty's situation. Marty's mother and aunt are aging widows and Italian families are extremely close. Sadly, Marty's mother any aunt are feeling old and useless and in many ways try to sabotage their son's happiness. This is sad but true speaking as a bachelor myself. At one point your mother asks you, when are you ever going to get married and when they are older they want to live with you because they too are lonely.

I found myself deeply moved by the decency of Marty and the young teacher he meets at a singles dance. These are truly special people that life has passed by, but not for long. They discover each other and Marty calls the girl in spite of the reservations of his mother and friends.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Marty and his young lady are the truly beautiful people in this poignant love story.

I would rate this movie 50 stars if I could.

Wonderful, funny at times and unforgettable.

A must see and a must have in any movie collection.


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Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

10 June 1955 (Belgium) See more »

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Budget:

$343,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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