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The Man Who Walked Alone (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 15 March 1945 (USA)
A hitch-hiking stranger manages a lift from a young woman into the town he's destined for, and she's from. Both land up in jail, twice, as the small town and its leading family slowly unravel the in-plain-sight mystery behind this man.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cpl. Marion Scott (as David O'Brien)
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Walter Catlett ...
Wiggins
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Champ
Isabel Randolph ...
Mrs. Hammond
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Alvin Bailey
Nancy June Robinson ...
Patricia Hammond
Ruth Lee ...
Aunt Harriett
Chester Clute ...
Mr. Monroe
Vivien Oakland ...
Mrs. Monroe (as Vivian Okaland)
Vicki Saunders ...
Camille
Robert Hartzell ...
Joe
Charles Williams ...
Moe
Frank Melton ...
Glem
Donald Kerr ...
Zilch
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Marion Scott, honorably discharged WW II soldier, in "civies" and carrying a suitcase containing his uniform and medals, is hitch-hiking to the small hometown of a buddy killed overseas, intending to make it his home. En-route, he encounters wealthy society girl Wilhelmina Hammond, who is running away from her stuffed-shirt fiancée, Alvin Bailey and has taken his car without permission. Marion and Wilhelmina are bickering over a blow-out and an empty gas tank when the local cops appear and haul them off to jail on a car-theft charge. Wilhelmina establishes her identity and is released and, intrigued by Marion whom she suspects is a deserter, arranges his release also. She takes him to the Hammond estate and tells Marion, who does not know her true identity, she is Mrs. Hammond's secretary. Wilhelmina has no keys to the home and they are arrested again when they are caught crawling into the house through a window. This time reporters and photographers discover her identity and plaster ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He Was A One-Man Army - She A One-Girl Blitz!

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Karl Hjos earned a very rare Oscar nomination for PRC Studios. See more »

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When Willie and Marion are riding in the taxi to the Hammond place, we see out the rear window a following car that appears to come up impossibly close: the windshield seems to be right at the taxi's rear window. See more »

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While I liked Dave O'Brien, I did not like this film...
4 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

PRC was a very tiny studio with the lowest of budgets. One big way they saved money was to pay their writers practically nothing for their scripts--and it's painfully obvious in "The Man Who Walked Alone". While I enjoyed the leading man, Dave O'Brien, he just couldn't make up for a script that was written for peanuts.

The film begins with O'Brien trying to thumb for a ride--and with no success. So, in desperation, he tries what an annoying farmer tells him--and jumps into the road at the next car. Well, it causes a minor accident and instant hatred erupts between the lady driver and O'Brien....and it was a cliché that the two would soon fall in love. But, in the meantime, some kooky things occur and they go to jail TWICE and yet they somehow have gone from hating the sight of each other to making eyes at each other--something that made no sense at all. In fact, the writer seemed to toss in many story elements--few that worked and the plot just seemed forced and quite contrived. None of it was believable or made sense--and I really couldn't wait for this ultra-cheapie to end.


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