Sentimental tale of a butcher from the Bronx, afraid he is too ugly to attract girls, who takes pity on a plain jane schoolteacher at a dance, then finds love sidling up crabwise. Overrated at the time, largely because its teleplay origins (by Paddy Chayefsky) brought a veneer of naturalism and close-up intimacy to the Hollywood of the day. But it does have doggy charm and a certain perceptiveness (the butcher's continuing doubts as to what his mates will think; his mother's jealousy despite constant nagging about marriage).

By: TM

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Director: Delbert Mann
Screenwriter: Paddy Chayefsky
Cast: Ernest Borgnine
Betsy Blair
Joe De Santis
Esther Minciotti
Karen Steele
Jerry Paris
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