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16 January 1948 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Byron Haskin 
Writing credits
Charles Schnee (screenplay)

Robert Smith (adaptation) and
John Bright (adaptation)

Theodore Reeves (play "Beggars Are Coming to Town")

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt  (as Arthur Schmidt)
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Hans Dreier 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Patrick Delany 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Joan Hathaway .... dialogue director
Oscar Serlin .... stage producer
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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First of seven films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together.See more »
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Mrs. Richardson:You know, you're quite an attractive man.
Frankie Madison:Keep goin'.
Mrs. Richardson:How far do you want me to go?
Frankie Madison:I'm at the plate. You're doing the pitching.
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Referenced in Pour la peau d'un flic (1981)See more »
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Terrific Performances Try to Overcome Weak Script, 20 September 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

I Walk Alone (1948)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Frankie Madison (Burt Lancaster) gets out of prison after fourteen years and heads to see his old partner Dink Turner (Kirk Douglas). The two men made an agreement when Frankie took the wrap that they'd split everything down the middle while he was in prison but once on the outside he realizes that Turner has double crossed him. Broke and without any hopes for the future, Frankie must get his revenge. There are some terrific performances to be found here but sadly the end results aren't nearly as good as one would hope for thanks in large part to a screenplay that is just way too predictable for its own good. The story itself really isn't anything original and it doesn't take long for you to realize that Lancaster isn't going to be getting what's coming to him and the film takes way too long for this obvious set-up to take place. Once the double cross actually happens things start to pick up but once again you're one step ahead of the characters as none of them ever really see what's going to happen and after a while you start to realize that they're all rather stupid. This is especially true during the ending, which I won't ruin. I will say there's something Douglas does, which is just so silly that you can't help believe the two characters he does it to would be that dumb. With that said, the film is still worth seeing thanks in large part to the terrific cast. There are many legendary actor-actor combos throughout film history but one of my favorites has always been Lancaster and Douglas. It's somewhat shocking to me that their films aren't better respected than they are but this was the first of seven films they made together and that terrific chemistry is on display here. It's rather amazing to see how well they play off one another in their film film but Lancaster was always terrific at playing the wronged tough guy and Douglas is just so snake like that you can't help but love to hate him. Lizabeth Scott is good in her role as the woman in love with Douglas but who quickly starts to fall for Lancaster. There's no question that the director wanted her to "act" like Lauren Bacall but it works well. Wendell Corey is also very good in his role. I WALK ALONE is part noir and part thriller and fans of those two genres will probably want to check it out. The terrific performances make it a film worth watching but it's a shame the screenplay didn't do a better job with the characters.

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