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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  1 September 1947 (USA)
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A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a sinister conspiracy.

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Dr. Hollingshead
Fay Bainter ...
Mrs. Mitty
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Gertrude Griswold
Thurston Hall ...
Bruce Pierce
Gordon Jones ...
Tubby Wadsworth
Florence Bates ...
Mrs. Griswold
Konstantin Shayne ...
Peter van Hoorn
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Colonel
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Hendrick
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Follinsbee
Fritz Feld ...
Anatole
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Maasdam
Milton Parsons ...
Butler
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In New York the clumsy Walter Mitty is the publisher of pulp fiction at the Pierce Publishing house owned by Bruce Pierce. He lives with his overbearing mother and neither his fiancée Gertrude Griswold and her mother nor his best friend Tubby Wadsworth respects him. Walter is an escapist and daydreams into a world of fantasy many times along the day. When Walter is commuting, he stumbles in the train with the gorgeous Rosalind van Hoorn who uses Walter to escape from her pursuer. Walter unintentionally gets involved with a dangerous ring of spies that are seeking a black book with notes about a hidden treasure. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

June Haver was originally cast in a role. See more »

Goofs

When Rosalind van Hoorn goes into the library she put her handbag on the piano along with her fur coat. At this time she is wearing green gloves. She turns around and in the next shot she is no longer wearing the gloves. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Mitty: The clock didn't strike. I definitely heard it not strike.
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Connections

Referenced in Silver Spoons: The Secret Life of Ricky Stratton (1985) See more »

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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Very entertaining
20 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Danny Kaye plays Walter Mitty a meek, mild man who has been pushed around all his life by everybody. He takes refuge in elaborate daydreams where he is always the hero. Then he runs into beautiful Rosalind van Hoorn (Virginia Mayo) who is involved with spies and secret codes. He gets involved...but starts to wonder...is she real or just another day dream?

I'm never seen a Danny Kaye movie in my life and he seems to be forgotten today. If this movie is any indication of his talent he deserves to be rediscovered. He was very good in his role--the one liners came fast and furious and he was also a very good physical comedian. I admit I didn't find everything funny but I was never bored. Mayo was undeniably a very beautiful actress with limited acting ability. Still she was OK. Boris Karloff pops up as one of the bad guys and gently kids his bad guy image. Very quick-moving movie, quite funny at times and (in the print showing on TCM) in just beautiful, bright Technicolor. Unfortunately they're doing a remake with (God help us!) Jim Carrey! See this--avoid the remake (if it's made). The author of the short story this was based on (James Thurber) HATED this movie. Too bad he was wrong.

The only debit for me were two LONG songs by Danny Kaye. There was nothing very wrong with them but they come out of nowhere and bring the movie to a screeching halt. For that I'm only giving this film a 9.


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