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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

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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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15 March 1945 (USA)  »

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Homem Solitário  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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A quiet masterpiece, a work of genius
2 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is an amazing display of genius in story telling through motion pictures. Christy Cabanne wrote and directed this quiet masterpiece. This is one of those movies where no changes could be wanted in its structuring. The scenes follow at a perfect pace, not slow, and not too fast. The chosen actors bring to life the parts they were intended for. All were well chosen...especially Kay Aldridge who at last gets to show a fuller scope of her acting talent. The script has been composed with an intelligence that is far higher than most scripts. The interplay of banter has a natural tone common only to something composed with a high IQ. I would love to comment on the subtle representations in the film but this would end up a set of spoilers for one of the great achievements in an unusual story made believable in this superior production.


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