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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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Also Known As:

Das Doppelleben des Herrn Mitty  »

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Danny Kaye's wife, Sylvia Fine, wrote the lyrics to a song in which Walter Mitty fantasizes that he is the homosexual women's hat designer Anatole of Paris, whose show he stumbles upon while escaping from villains in Stacey's Department Store. She was a musical-theater buff and introduced a reference to the song "Ol' Man River" (from Show Boat (1936)) into the lyrics of the song "Anatole of Paris" and satirical references to "Show Boat" in one of Mitty's daydreams. See more »

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Reginald Denny wears an Air Vice Marshal's uniform in the RAF daydream, yet he is credited with playing the "Colonel". (Danny Kaye wears Group Captain rank insignia in the sequence, and is correctly called that by the other pilots.) See more »

Quotes

Walter Mitty: [repeated line]
Walter Mitty: Pockata! Pockata!
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Version of Sogni mostruosamente proibiti (1982) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played often in the score
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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