in about 100 words or less
US 90m, B&W
Director: Delbert Mann; Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris
Adapted from a 1953 live television drama of the same name, Marty is a beautiful and intimate story about a kindhearted but socially awkward 34-year-old guy who is pressured by his family to find a nice girl and settle down. With little hope of ever meeting someone, Marty happens upon Clara – a lonely school teacher who is his female equivalent – also resigned to a life without love. Despite his almost immediate attraction to Clara, Marty must deal with his pals, who urge him to look for a more attractive gal. Borgnine’s performance is heartfelt, as he struggles to come to terms with his good fortune and the possibility that he may indeed have a happy life with Clara (Klaus Ming May 2011).