Director:   Delbert Mann
Year:   1955
Language:   English
Time:   89 minutes

In the 1950s original live theater was available almost every night on American television. Many actors, directors and playwrights who started in television went on to stage and film careers. One such television vehicle was the story of "Marty." Playwright Paddy Chayefsky wrote this play for television and later adapted it to film. Delbert Mann, who directed many plays for television, received his first film direction credit for "Marty." Ernest Borgnine, whose career in both films and television has continued into this century, plays Marty, a shy lonely man with low self esteem who desperately needs love and faces a world that thwarts his emotional needs.

The film received an Academy Award for Best Picture and a Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or. It received three other Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Rated G.

This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University’s Common Reading program. Post-film discussion led by Dr. Kathleen Corpus, Visiting Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences in the Dept. of Business Administration and Family and Consumer Sciences at Shepherd.


About the director Delbert Mann

About the playwright Paddy Chayefsky

About the actor Ernest Borgnine

Other background on the film