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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 1 September 1947 (USA)
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A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a sinister conspiracy.

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Fay Bainter ...
Mrs. Mitty
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Gertrude Griswold
Thurston Hall ...
Bruce Pierce
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Tubby Wadsworth
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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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Das Doppelleben des Herrn Mitty  »

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Author James Thurber offered producer Samuel Goldwyn $10,000 to not make the film. See more »

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After getting off the train where he met Rosalind van Hoorn, Walter runs into her sitting in a yellow and red Skyview cab. He gets in with her. When he gets out the cab, it has changed to a pink and tan A&R Service Co. cab. See more »

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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.
[giggles]
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Referenced in UHF (1989) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
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Played on piano by Virginia Mayo
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Danny Kaye in his most fun-filled film role...great fun!
30 January 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Danny Kaye at his best in a fantasy/comedy about a hen-pecked (by his mom and girlfriend) man who daydreams that he's a hero rescuing a damsel in distress (Virginia Mayo) from all sorts of perils. In real life he stumbles across her path and instantly becomes involved in an espionage plot involving villainous Boris Karloff. It's all played for laughs and Danny even gets to do a couple of his tongue-twisting musical routines.

Especially enjoyable in the supporting cast are Ann Rutherford as his silly girlfriend and Florence Bates as her overbearing mother. Thurston Hall has fun with his role as Kaye's harried, blustery boss who, while browbeating him, is nevertheless prone to borrowing ideas from Kaye for new sales angles in the pulp fiction market.

Kaye has a field day when his dreams take over, impersonating everyone from a sea captain to a riverboat gambler to a fashion designer--all with his own distinct flair for comic routines. A funny, witty, always entertaining little gem that has somehow been overlooked through the years. Virginia Mayo makes a delightful co-star.


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