"I am just a fat little man...a fat ugly man!"
Description: Self-deprecating admission of Ernest Borgnine as Marty Piletti in the motion picture Marty (1955).
Marty is a kind-hearted 34-year-old butcher in the Bronx yearning to be loved but lacking self-confidence.
He spends most of his time hanging out with his friend, Angie (Joe Mantel), both of whom are caught up in the monotonous mantra. "What do you want to do tonight?...I don't know what do you want to do tonight?"
At work, Marty's customers at the butcher shop keep reminding him that his brothers and sisters are all married, so why isn’t he? He should be ashamed!
"I've been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life." - Marty
When his mother, Theresa (Esther Minciotti) urges him to go out and meet a girl, Marty, in a moment of self-loathing admits, "Ma, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man's life when he's gotta face some facts. And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it...I'm just a fat little man! And a fat UGLY man! I'm ugly! I'm ugly! I'm ugly!"
"All my brothers and brothers-in-laws tell me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain." - Marty
Then one night at the Stardust Ballroom, Marty he meets a schoolteacher named Clara Snyder (Betsy Blair).
"So I'm an old garbage bag put in the street, huh?... These are the worst years, I tell you. It's going to happen to you. I'm afraid to look in a mirror. I'm afraid I'm gonna see an old lady with white hair, just like the old ladies in the park with little bundles and black shawls waiting for the coffin. I'm fifty-six years old. And what am I gonna do with myself? I've got strength in my hands. I want to clean. I want to cook. I want to make dinner for my children. Am I an old dog to lay near the fire till my eyes close? These are terrible years, Theresa, terrible years... It's gonna happen to you. It's gonna happen to you! What are you gonna do if Marty gets married? Huh? What are you gonna cook? Where's all the children playing in all the rooms? Where's the noise? It's a curse to be a widow, a curse! What are you gonna do if Marty gets married? What are you gonna do?" - Aunt Catherine
Marty introduces Clara to her mother, but Theresa fears that with a new woman in the house, she will be forgotten and tells Mary she does not approve of the girl. Even Marty's friends express their dislike, calling Clara a "dog." But despite all of the opposition, love grows in Marty's heart.
Soon Marty tires of hanging out with his pals, and says, "What am I, crazy or something? I got something good here. What am I hanging out with you guys for?” As Marty calls Clara on the phone, he tells his friends:
"You don’t like her. My mother don’t like her. She’s a dog. And I’m a fat, ugly man. Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I’m gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I’m gonna get down on my knees. I’m gonna beg that girl to marry me. If we make a party on New Year’s, I got a date for that party. You don’t like her? That’s too bad … Hello, Clara?"