Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law.
The sequence itself is very effective; however, the movie's very last scene in which Marjorie boards a bus and discovers a smiling Wally behind her in the rear view mirror now ready to step into her life big time is a bit much.
MORNINGSTAR works if you don't want to hold the script up to the light and just enjoy Wood and Kelly in a film.
Claire Trevor and Everette Sloan are Marjorie's uppity, bigoted Jewish parents who will tolerate nothing less than a wealthy husband for their daughter.
Marty Balsam is a complete figurine playing Marjorie's wimpy suitor.
However, Kelly's performance as Noel Airman is, for the most part, superficial.