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
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