The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fay Bainter ...
Mrs. Eunice Mitty
Gertrude Griswold
Thurston Hall ...
Bruce Pierce
Tubby Wadsworth
Florence Bates ...
Mrs. Irma Griswold
Konstantin Shayne ...
Peter van Hoorn
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Leticia Follinsbee
Fritz Feld ...
Milton Parsons ...
Tyler - the Butler


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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1 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Doppelleben des Herrn Mitty  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Samuel Goldwyn's son Samuel Goldwyn Jr. produced the remake The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). See more »


When Rosalind van Hoorn goes into the library, she puts 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 »


Walter Mitty: [singing while daydreaming that he's Anatole of Paris] And why do I sew each new chapeau with a style they must look positively grim in?/Strictly between us, entrez-nous, I hate women.
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Referenced in UHF (1989) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Funny and Charming...
10 September 2001 | by (Sherwood Park, Alberta) – See all my reviews

Danny Kaye is wonderful as the nervous and overlooked Walter Mitty in this classic film. The short story it is based on is nowhere near as spectacular as the movie, but still shares a special glow with it. Virginia Mayo sparkles as the damsel in distress that Walter must save from numerous recurring villians and hazards. Together, they bring this story of a simple man with fantastic daydreams excellently to the screen. A very good film to watch with family.

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