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Marty (1955)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Marty (1955)

In director Delbert Mann's Best Picture-winning heartwarming romance drama:

  • the scenes of overweight butcher Marty's (Ernest Borgnine) recurring conversations with friend Angie (Joe Mantell): Angie: "What do you feel like doing tonight?" Marty: "I don't know, Ange. What do you feel like doing?"
  • the scene of Marty's classic phone conversation with a potential date: ("Oh, hello there. Is this Mary Feeney? Hello, there. This is Marty Pilletti. I-I wonder if you recall me. Well, I'm kind of a stocky guy. The last time we met was in the RKO Chester. You was with a friend of yours, and I-I was with a friend of mine, name of Angie. This was about a month ago") - but then realizing that he was receiving the typical brush-off, he gave up: ("Why, I know it's a little late to call for a date, but I didn't know myself till - yeah, I know. Yeah, well, what about - well, how about next Saturday night? Are - are you free next Saturday night? Well, what about the Saturday after that? Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well, I mean, I understand that. Yeah. Yeah")
  • Marty's frustrating confession to his widowed Italian Catholic mother, Mrs. Theresa Piletti (Esther Minciotti), who kept pressuring him to get married: ("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. I chased after enough girls in my life. I-I went to enough dances. I got hurt enough. I don't wanna get hurt no more. I just called up a girl this afternoon, and I got a real brush-off, boy! I figured I was past the point of being hurt, but that hurt. Some stupid woman who I didn't even want to call up. She gave me the brush. No, Ma, I don't wanna go to Stardust Ballroom because all that ever happened to me there was girls made me feel like I was a-a-a bug. I got feelings, you know. I-I had enough pain. No thanks, Ma!...Blue suit, gray suit, I'm just a fat, little man. A fat ugly man...Ma, leave me alone. Ma, whaddaya want from me? Whaddaya want from me? I'm miserable enough as it is"), but then he relented: ("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")
  • the realistic depiction of the developing relationship between Marty and wallflower Clara (Betsy Blair) at the Stardust Ballroom, where she had been abandoned by her own date
  • Marty's empathic reactions to like-minded Clara, including admitting that he cried all the time: ("I cry a lot too. I'm a big crier...I cry all the time. Any little thing. All my brothers, my brothers-in-law - they're - they're always telling 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 get to be a - a real professor of pain. I know exactly how you feel. And I also want you to know that I'm having a very good time with you right now and really enjoyin' myself. You see, you're not such a dog as you think you are"), and then he repeated his assertion about her, and referred to his own rejections and ugliness: ("Dogs like us, we ain't such dogs as we think we are")
With Clara at Stardust Ballroom: "Dogs like us, we ain't such dogs as we think we are"
Late Night Conversation About Marty's Butchering Profession
Clara's Rejection of Marty's Good-night Kiss
  • the painful sequence of Clara's rejection of Marty's good-night kiss after their evening together, and his response to her: ("All right, all right, I'll take ya home. All I wanted was a lousy kiss"), but then she smoothed his feelings by admitting that she liked him: ("I'd like to see you again - very much. The reason I didn't let you kiss me was because I just didn't know how to handle the situation. You're the kindest man I ever met. The reason I tell you this is because I want to see you again - very much. I know that when you take me home I'm just going to lie on my bed and think about you. I want very much to see you again")
  • the concluding sequence of Marty's courageous and defiant defense of his love for Clara to his friends: ("You don't like her. My mother don't like her. She's a dog. And I'm a fat, ugly man. Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I'm gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I'm gonna get down on my knees. I'm gonna beg that girl to marry me. If we make a party on New Year's, I got a date for that party. You don't like her? That's too bad")
  • and his promised phone call to Clara for another date, in a phone booth, as he shut the door on his friend Angie as the film ended: ("Hello...Hello, Clara?")

Marty With Angie: "What do you feel like doing tonight?"

Marty Phoning Mary Feeney For a Date

Marty's Mother Mrs. Piletti - "A big night of heartache"

Marty's Defense of Clara to Angie

Ending Sequence: Marty: "Hello...Hello Clara?"


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