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Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama | 14 October 1950 (USA)
An ex-hood hopes to start a new life under an assumed name in a small town but his past catches up with him when an old crime-buddy asks him to help with a casino heist.

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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
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Gwen
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Howard Petrie ...
Bowen
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A.J. Corelli
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Miss Thompson
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Mabel
Robert Ellis ...
Skating Boy
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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 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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Completed in 1948, copyrighted in 1949, but not released until 1950. See more »

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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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And to think that the studio didn't want to release this one....
11 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Completed in 1948 but not released until 1950. This would seem to be the kiss of death for a film as usually this means a film is a mess and the studio doesn't know what to do with it. Sometimes they redo parts of the story and sometimes they just cut their losses and release it--either way, a film that's pulled off the shelf is NOT a sure sign of a successful film! Sure, there are a few exceptions (such as the recent "Tucker and Dale Versus Evil"), but most such films are duds. Is "Walk Softly Stranger" a dud? Read on...

This is a confusing film. Now this is NOT meant as a criticism but more a reflection on the sort of character Joseph Cotten plays in this movie. You just aren't sure what sort of man he really is. The film begins with Cotten arriving in a small town. He announces that he'd lived there as a kid and has now returned but you can't get past the idea that this is a con. You doubt his motives even more when you see he's living two lives--one as an employee at the local show factory and the other as a professional gambler and thief! And, while he definitely has a hard side, he also begins dating a lady in a wheelchair (Alida Valli) who thinks no man could even want her. What gives?! A 'nice' crook with a heart of gold?! And, is he really Chris Hale? Ultimately, it turns out even he doesn't know! All this story leads to one of the best finales I've seen in a film of this era. Just stay tuned to the exciting car scene--it is simply brilliant and I don't know how they managed to make it look so real. Gripping--that's for sure.

An excellent sleeper--why did these idiots hold on to this excellent movie so long?!


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