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1955, MGM/Park Circus, 91 min, USA, Dir: Delbert Mann

Director Delbert Mann and writer Paddy Chayefsky expanded their earlier, award-winning NBC TV drama into this equally acclaimed feature film. Ernest Borgnine delivers an Oscar-winning performance (in the role originally played by Rod Steiger) as a blue-collar Bronx butcher who finds love late in life with schoolteacher Betsy Blair. Winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

1967, MGM Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: Delbert Mann

Dick Van Dyke stars as Claude Fitzwilliam, the head butler to philanthropist Miss Vicki (Edith Evans). When it becomes apparent that his beloved employer is completely broke, Fitzwilliam concocts a scheme to steal from the rich and give to Miss Vicki. With Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) as Juliet, who is hired to manage Miss Vicki’s phonetic “Dictionary for Dopes” and falls for the heroic butler.

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