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Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)

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A charming, smooth-talking gambler calling himself Chris Hale arrives in Ashton, home of the Corelli shoe factory. Claiming to have lived there as a boy, he soon ingratiates himself with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Chris Hale aka Steve
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Elaine Corelli (as Valli)
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Mrs. Brentman
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Whitey Lake
Jack Paar ...
Ray Healy
Jeff Donnell ...
Gwen
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Morgan
Howard Petrie ...
Bowen
Frank Puglia ...
A.J. Corelli
Esther Dale ...
Miss Thompson
Marlo Dwyer ...
Mabel
Robert Ellis ...
Skating Boy
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Storyline

A charming, smooth-talking gambler calling himself Chris Hale arrives in Ashton, home of the Corelli shoe factory. Claiming to have lived there as a boy, he soon ingratiates himself with the townspeople... including attractive heiress Elaine Corelli, wheelchair-bound since a recent accident. Chris, hoping to leave crime behind, seems to have excellent prospects; but of course, his past catches up with him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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His dark past rolled in like a black fog. See more »


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14 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Weep No More  »

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1.37 : 1
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Completed in 1948, copyrighted in 1949, but not released until 1950. See more »

Quotes

Bowen: I like to keep my neck in shape. I stick it out so often.
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Referenced in American Masters: Jack Paar: 'As I Was Saying...' (1997) See more »

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Good Film
15 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one features a typically restrained performance by Cotton, a strong depiction of his weasly partner and moral antithesis by Paul Stewart and, as always, good supporting work by the ebullient Spring Byington. The star, however, is Valli, who moves from a vulnerable cripple to a radiant smile as some kids sing a Christmas carol to her through the window of Cotton's wonderful Packard convertible. The film may end unconvincingly, as some auditors argue, but at least it ends in a minor key. The effective opening 3/4 may have earned that ending. But see it for Valli, who (as someone suggested) should have gotten an Oscar for this one.


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