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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rosalind van Hoorn
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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

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

Goofs

Rosalind puts her dress back on after it has dried from the rain. She then buttons it up completely, but the camera pans away and back, and she is buttoning the top button again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hollingshead: Perhaps you are mistaking me for someone else.
Walter Mitty: Oh, no. No one looks as much like you do as *you* do.
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Connections

Referenced in Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Massa's in de Cold, Cold Ground
(1852) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Background in daydream session with Tubby
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A Classic Comedy!
16 July 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Before there was Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, JIM CARREY -- of course -- there was the great and late Danny Kaye. In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", Mr. Kaye gives a brilliant and hysterical performance as the highly imaginative Walter Mitty, who escapes his own real life and pictures himself as a whole new person, whether it's a hat designer, professional gambler, a war hero, surgeon, etc. Yet his imagination is no longer fiction when a real life event and adventure takes place in the dull, but unique life of Walter Mitty.

Anyhow, I was really surprised at this movie. I thought it was going to be boring, because 1947 is 34 years before I was born, but I was really impressed by this movie. As a matter of fact, I thought it was A LOT funnier than a few comedy films they have these days. Danny Kaye really puts a smile on your face in this film. Anyone would love watching this film! It's a true classic! :o)


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