I watched Marty (Best Picture Oscar for 1955) a few days ago. I don't consider it a classic, but I can see why it was so well-liked, even though the script does scream these are Small people, with a capital "S."
But what got to me was Betsy Blair, who plays the "dog" that Marty meets. Okay, she's not a raving beauty, but you wouldn't call her ugly. In fact, if you took her away from the inflated standards of a Hollywood movie (compare her to a babe like Karen Steele, who plays just another housewife in the film), you'd call her cute.
How did women respond back then, seeing an attractive gal like Betsy Blair being called a "dog"?