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The Catered Affair

An attempt to recapture the glory that was Marty, which should give you some idea. Ernest Borgnine is a New York cabdriver, Bette Davis is his domineering wife; she wants to take the money he's saved to buy a new hack and spend it on a lavish wedding for their spoiled daughter (Debbie Reynolds). Paddy Chayefsky's story (originally, like Marty, a TV play, it was adapted for film by Gore Vidal) is meant to display the tragedy of ordinary life; it's ordinary, all right, but the tragedy got lost somewhere in Richard Brooks's crushingly blunt direction. With Rod Taylor and Madge Kennedy (1956).

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