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I Walk Alone -- After taking the rap for his partner, a mobster is released from prison to find his former partner entranched in a swank night club with no intention of sharing the riches.


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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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The film was based on a play "The Beggars Are Coming to Town" by Theodore Reeves which opened on Broadway on October 27, 1945 starring Paul Kelly and Luther Adler in the Lancaster/Douglas roles as former bootleggers. This was Byron Haskin's first directorial assignment since 1928, having worked as a cameraman in the interim. Haskin felt that the reason none of the cast objected was as newcomers they didn't know enough to object.See more »
Continuity: (at around 1 min) Dave has explained how the club is organized financially. Frankie turns, walks away in confusion, then turns back to Dave facing downstage right. Then there is a jump cut and Frankie is suddenly turned 90 degrees facing downstage left.See more »
Alix Richardson:I'm Mrs. Alix Richardson.
Frankie Madison:You say that like it was spelt in capital letters.
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable battle of wits between gangsters, 14 November 1999
Author: otter ( from Mountain View, ca.

Burt Lancaster has been in prison since the days of Al Capone, and when released he sets out to claim his share of ill-gotten gains from his former partner, Kirk Douglas. Kirk is pleasant at first, lulling Burt with wine, gourmet food, and the company of his mistress Lizbeth Scott, but he has no intention of sharing anything. What starts out as a buddy relationship becomes a battle of wits and wills as the two fight for control of Kirk's nightclub, lots of money, and Lizbeth.

This is no "Double Indemnity", but the two main characters are written and acted well enough to hold our interest. Douglas steals the film as the cleverer thug, the one who was smart enough to get away and go legit. His performance is lively and has touches of humor, particularly in the scene where he proves that the pen is mightier than the sword, or at least that legalese is mightier than the gun. Lancaster has a more violent, less sympathetic character, but has fun playing a brute who's forced to actually think for the first time in his life.

Not a great film, but an enjoyable one. Interesting for the way it shows the changes in the criminal world over the course of a decade, from the brutality of the thirties to the emerging sophistication of the fifties.

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