48. Marty (1955)
Starring Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris
Directed by Delbert Mann
Plot: “A touching story about two lonely people who have almost resigned themselves to never being truly loved.” (from IMDb)
This film was okay. Some parts I didn't like (a few of Marty’s ‘friends’ are very degrading) but the story overall was kind of nice. The themes it explores—loneliness, aging, self-acceptance—are ones that most of us can relate to (I know I can!). It was sweet to see the genuine relationship blossom between the two awkward protagonists. Some subplots are left unresolved, but I suppose that just makes it more realistic. This wasn’t my favorite movie ever, though I did enjoy it. If for nothing else, Ernest Borgnine's touching portrayal makes it worth watching.
I’m used to seeing Borgnine play tough guys, but this role definitely proved he had range.
According to IMDb, many scenes were filmed on location in the Bronx.
Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in this film.
P.S. I just have to mention that I thought the whole thing with Mickey Spillane was hilarious—and so perfectly acted. I tried to find a YouTube clip but to no avail.