Delbert Mann


Director
Delbert Mann

About

Also Known As
Delbert Martin Mann Jr.
Birth Place
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Born
January 30, 1920
Died
November 11, 2007
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

Working in TV from 1947, Mann directed over 100 live plays, the best known of which was Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" (1953). The following year he directed a big-screen version, starring Ernest Borgnine as the lonely Bronx butcher in search of love. The success of the film--it took the Palme d'Or at Cannes--paved the way for a number of low-budget films on "small" subjects that flourished i...

Family & Companions

Ann Caroline Mann
Wife
Mother is second wife; survived him.
Ann Caroline Mann
Wife
Met while both attended Vanderbilt University.

Bibliography

"Looking Back ... at Live Television and Other Matters"
Delbert Mann; edited by Ira Skutch, Directors Guild of America (1998)

Biography

Working in TV from 1947, Mann directed over 100 live plays, the best known of which was Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" (1953). The following year he directed a big-screen version, starring Ernest Borgnine as the lonely Bronx butcher in search of love. The success of the film--it took the Palme d'Or at Cannes--paved the way for a number of low-budget films on "small" subjects that flourished in the mid-1950s.

Mann's other successes include the finely acted "The Bachelor Party" (1956), also scripted by Chayefsky, and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1960). He made some deft comedies in the 1960s and later directed several competent TV adaptations, such as "Jane Eyre" (1972) and "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1979).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Lily in Winter (1994)
Director
Incident in a Small Town (1994)
Director
Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992)
Director
Ironclads (1991)
Director
April Morning (1988)
Director
The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story (1986)
Director
The Last Days of Patton (1986)
Director
Bronte (1983)
Director
The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983)
Director
Night Crossing (1981)
Director
To Find My Son (1980)
Director
Torn Between Two Lovers (1979)
Director
All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)
Director
Love's Dark Ride (1978)
Director
Home to Stay (1978)
Director
Breaking Up (1978)
Director
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery (1978)
Director
Tell Me My Name (1977)
Director
Birch Interval (1976)
Director
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976)
Director
A Girl Named Sooner (1975)
Director
The Man Without a Country (1973)
Director
She Waits (1972)
Director
No Place to Run (1972)
Director
Jane Eyre (1971)
Director
Kidnapped (1971)
Director
David Copperfield (1970)
Director
The Pink Jungle (1968)
Director
Fitzwilly (1967)
Director
Mister Buddwing (1966)
Director
Quick, Before It Melts (1965)
Director
Dear Heart (1964)
Director
A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
Director
That Touch of Mink (1962)
Director
Lover Come Back (1961)
Director
The Outsider (1961)
Director
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)
Director
Middle of the Night (1959)
Director
Desire Under the Elms (1958)
Director
Separate Tables (1958)
Director
The Bachelor Party (1957)
Director
Marty (1955)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Burt Lancaster: Daring To Reach (1996)
Grace Kelly: The American Princess (1987)
The Iron Horse (1925)
Charles Crocker

Producer (Feature Film)

Incident in a Small Town (1994)
Producer
Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992)
Producer
April Morning (1988)
Producer
She Waits (1972)
Producer
Mister Buddwing (1966)
Producer
Quick, Before It Melts (1965)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Mister Buddwing (1966)
Company
Quick, Before It Melts (1965)
Company

Director (Special)

The Member of the Wedding (1982)
Director
All the Way Home (1981)
Director
Tom and Joann (1978)
Director
The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond (1975)
Director
The Petrified Forest (1955)
Director
Marty (1953)
Director

Cast (Special)

Deborah Kerr: Getting to Know Her (2000)
Rock Hudson: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999)
Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998)

Producer (Special)

The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond (1975)
Producer

Cast (Short)

Searchers for a Special City (1966)
Himself
Milton Fox, Esq. (1964)
Himself

Director (TV Mini-Series)

Love Leads the Way (1984)
Director

Life Events

1941

Worked for General Shoe Corporation

1949

Invited by Coe to NYC to direct TV dramas

1949

Helmed live programs for "Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse"

1953

Helmed the well-received TV drama "Marty", starring Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand

1954

Made feature film debut as director with "Marty", starring Ernest Borgnine; won Best Director Academy Award

1956

Earned Emmy nomination for directing "Our Town" (NBC)

1958

Guided David Niven and Wendy Hiller to Oscars in "Separate Tables"

1960

Helmed "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1961

First teaming with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, "Lover Come Back"

1962

Reunited with Day and Hudson for the comedy "That Touch of Mink"

1964

Helmed the effective romance "Dear Heart", pairing Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page

1968

Was director of the notorious TV production of "Heidi" (NBC), which caused controversy when the network cut away from a football game in progress to air the movie

1970

Helmed a well-received TV adaptation of "David Copperfield" (NBC)

1973

Won acclaim for direction of "The Man Without a Country" (ABC)

1975

First of four TV-movies featuring actress Lee Remick, "A Girl Named Sooner" (ABC)

1976

Was director of the NBC drama "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident"

1976

Returned to feature filmmaking with "Birch Interval", about a young girl sent to live with the Amish

1978

Helmed the well-acted drama about a crumbling marriage, "Breaking Up" (NBC), starring Remick; received Emmy nomination

1979

Reunited with Remick for "Torn Between Two Lovers" (CBS)

1979

Garnered good critical notices for direction of the CBS movie remake "All Quiet on the Western Front"; received third career Emmy nomination

1981

Directed a live NBC telecast of the play "All the Way Home", starring Sally Field and William Hurt

1982

Helmed the NBC live telecast of the small screen remake of "The Member of the Wedding", starring Pearl Bailey

1983

Last collaboration with Lee Remick, "The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story" (CBS)

1983

Last feature film, "Bronte", a one-woman show about Charlotte Bronte starring Julie Harris

1985

Helmed the ABC miniseries "A Death in California"

1986

Was director of the NBC biopic "The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story"

1987

Directed the documentary "Grace Kelly -- The American Princess" for Cinemax's "Crazy About the Movies"

1988

Produced and directed the TV adaptation of Howard Fast's novel "April Morning"

1991

Was director of the TNT period drama "Ironclads"

1992

Produced and directed the CBS sequel "Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore", with Walter Matthau reprising his role as laywer Horace Cobb

1994

Directed and produced the second sequel, "An Incident in a Small Town" (CBS), with Matthau again playing Cobb

1994

Last TV film (to date), "Lily in Winter", a USA Network drama that marked the acting debut of singer Natalie Cole

Photo Collections

That Touch of Mink - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for That Touch of Mink (1962), starring Cary Grant and Doris Day. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Marty (1955) - I'm The Stocky One Unmarried butcher Ernest Borgnine (title character), in one of the scenes that doubtless won him his Academy Award, having grown alarmed over proposed changes in his domestic status, calls up a girl he hardly knows, Delbert Mann directing from Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay, in Marty, 1955.
Lover Come Back (1961) - It Looks Down On Madison Avenue Carol (Doris Day) has forced a hearing before the Madison Avenue ethics-enforcing “Advertising Council,” not knowing that her target, Jerry Webster (Rock Hudson, not seen) has tricked her witness, dishy model Rebel (Edie Adams) into hiding his dubious practices, in Lover Come Back, 1961.
Lover Come Back (1961) - I Wish I Were A Man Right Now! Ad man Jerry (Rock Hudson) is managing his neurotic boss and buddy Peter (Tony Randall), legacy owner of the agency, who's worried that competitor Carol (Doris Day) has filed a complaint, director Delbert Mann using the split-screen phone gimmick from Pillow Talk, 1959, early in Lover Come Back, 1961.
Marty (1955) - Blind Date With A Dog Visiting the "Stardust Ballroom" in the Bronx, having grown desperate about his bachelor status, Ernest Borgnine (title character) meets callous "Herb," (Nick Brkch), whose treatment of Clara (Betsy Blair), whom we've just met, displeases him, in director Delbert Mann's Marty, 1955.
Marty (1955) - I Have A Feeling About You Having unexpectedly hit it off with Clara (Betsy Blair), a schoolteacher dumped on a blind date whom he graciously rescued, bachelor butcher Ernest Borgnine (title character) winds up talking about his life and family, in his Academy Award-winning performance in Marty, 1955.
Marty (1955) - They Get The Married The opening from director Delbert Mann and writer Paddy Chayefsky, Ernest Borgnine in his Academy Award-winning title role, character actress Minerva Urecal his customer, in Marty, 1955, co-starring Betsy Blair.
Separate Tables (1958) - Don't Get Into One Of Your States Opening scene, Delbert Mann directing, from Terence Rattigan’s screenplay based on his international hit play, we meet David Niven in his Academy Award-winning role as Major Pollock, Deborah Kerr as Sibyl, Gladys Cooper her mother, in Separate Tables, 1958.
Separate Tables (1958) - Mayfair From Head To Foot Early evening at the Hotel Beauregard, guests (Felix Aylmer, May Hallatt, Cathleen Nesbitt, Gladys Cooper) are not expecting Rita Hayworth, as Ann Shankland, greeted by proprietor Pat (Wendy Hiller), and seeking a guest we’ve not yet met, in Separate Tables, 1958.
Separate Tables (1958) - Propulsive Powers Of Irish Whiskey Sybil, her mother and Lady Matheson (Debora Herr, Gladys Cooper, Cathleen Nesbitt) react to the first appearance of Burt Lancaster as rogue-ish John Malcolm, whom we quickly learn has important relations with the hotel owner Pat (Wendy Hiller), in Separate Tables, 1958.
Fitzwilly (1967) - I'm Not Your Social Equal With her not knowing he’s hitting on her to cause her to quit her job, or that he’s more a scam artist than butler, or that it’s all to support their eccentric and broke mutual employer, Dick Van Dyke and college-gal/secretary Juliet (Barbara Feldon) visit a restaurant run by Billy Halop, in the Mirisch company’s Fitzwilly, 1967.
Fitzwilly (1967) - The Girl From Columbia Dick Van Dyke (New York butler and title character) receives job applicant Juliet (Barbara Feldon), determined not to reveal that his employer Miss Vicky (Edith Evans) is, unknowingly, broke, in Fitzwilly, 1967.
Fitzwilly (1967) - Among The Godless! Title character Dick Van Dyke, at a New York society bar, demonstrating a basic betting scam, then conspiring with fellow domestic staffers (Sam Waterston, John McGiver) to keep their broke mistress afloat, in Delbert Mann's Ftizwilly, 1967.

Trailer

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Family

Delbert M Mann
Father
Second wife; survived him.
Delbert M Mann
Father
Teacher. Worked at Scarritt College.

Companions

Ann Caroline Mann
Wife
Mother is second wife; survived him.
Ann Caroline Mann
Wife
Met while both attended Vanderbilt University.

Bibliography

"Looking Back ... at Live Television and Other Matters"
Delbert Mann; edited by Ira Skutch, Directors Guild of America (1998)