MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,367 this week

Walking My Baby Back Home (1953)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 67 users  
Reviews: 5 user

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3829 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 521 titles
created 18 Nov 2012
 
a list of 161 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 60 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Walking My Baby Back Home (1953)

Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Walking My Baby Back Home.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After being falsely accused of dishonesty, a young man decides to become a pirate.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Helena Carter, Will Geer
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An inaccurate retelling of the life of silent filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton.

Director: Sidney Sheldon
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Ann Blyth, Rhonda Fleming
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were ... See full summary »

Directors: A. Edward Sutherland, John Rawlins
Stars: George Raft, Vera Zorina, Grace McDonald
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Joan Howell, a young and pretty maid-for-hire, meets and begins dating wealthy New York City businessman Tom Milford. Embarrassed about bringing him back to her tiny apartment that she ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Donald O'Connor
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp.

Directors: Mario Bava, Henry Levin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Noëlle Adam, Vittorio De Sica
Les Girls (1957)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall
Columbo (1971–2003)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and disingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Peter Stirling (with his old friend the talking mule) is recalled to active duty...in the WACs!

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, Chill Wills
Comedy | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

At a college, a group of ex-GIs clash with their wives about over playing football.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Charles Coburn, Gloria DeHaven
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Milton Haskins, a math genius known for his infallibility with numbers, quits his job with an insurance company when he discovers he made a mistake, and hooks up with a traveling carnival. ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Olga San Juan, Martha Stewart
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A fast-talking salesman is "kidnapped" by a town, which intends to use him in its annual race with a rival community.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Frank Ryan
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Frances Dee
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Clarence 'Jigger' Millard
...
Chris Hall
...
Blimp Edwards
Lori Nelson ...
Claire Millard
...
'Smiley' Gordon (as Scat Man Crothers)
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Millard
George Cleveland ...
Col. Dan Wallace
John Hubbard ...
Rodney Millard
Norman Abbott ...
Doc
Phil Garris ...
Hank
Walter Kingsford ...
Uncle Henry Hall
Sidney Miller ...
Walter Thomas
The Modernaires ...
Themselves
The Sportsmen Quartet ...
Themselves, The Sportsmen (as The Sportsmen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
College student
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les yeux de ma mie  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Buddy Hackett's film debut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Columbo: Forgotten Lady (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Sung by Donald O'Connor, danced by O'Connor and Janet Leigh
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Who could resist walking Janet back home?
18 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Universal International's "Walking My Baby Back Home" may suffer when compared with the elaborate production values of the great MGM musicals but it is, nonetheless, a very likable piece of entertainment. It does not take itself too seriously and does not try to be anything more than what it is: a fun little movie. Its charm derives mainly from the sunny personalities of its two talented leads.

Donald O'Connor was one of the most versatile young performers in Hollywood during the early '50s. He could sing (passably enough for a musical), he could dance (no qualifiers needed here), he could do comedy (Who else could make pictures with a talking mule without looking ridiculous?) and he could do drama as he proved later in his career. Why he wasn't a bigger star is a mystery. Perhaps it was because he was too good-natured and looked to boyish to be taken seriously. But his role here, as the enthusiastic young bandleader who is looking for that "right" sound and eventually stumbles onto Dixieland-Jazz, suits his persona to a tee.

He is helped in no small part by the very pretty, and equally enthusiastic, Janet Leigh. Leigh, who must surely have had one of the most disarming smiles in cinema history, had begun her career with MGM and, although she had been taught to sing and dance at the studio, she could not make a dent in Arthur Freed's high-powered talent pool. "Walking My Baby Back Home" gave her the rare opportunity to star in a musical and she acquits herself nicely (she would make a bigger impression two years later in Columbia's "My Sister Eileen"). Her "Camptown Races" number, in which she is dressed only in top hat, bow tie, one piece swimsuit, white gloves, and high heels is a treat for the eyes, especially for Janet Leigh fans.

The comedy, provided mostly by O'Connor and Buddy Hackett, is breezy and only adds to the fun. O'Connor's second opera-singing lesson with Madame Grinaldo is a little forced but right in keeping with the lighthearted nature of the film. And the laryngitis scenes, in which O'Connor's facial expressions run the gamut from euphoria to despair, are hilarious. As for Hackett, he is fine as O'Connor's ex-army pal and wannabe musician. I do not find his Chinese waiter routine offensive, merely too long (He is definitely not helped by the man who plays the drunk!).

Again, the musical routines are not in MGM's league, but they are pleasant enough. The film's highlight is the dance number in which O'Connor and Leigh gambol, to the title tune, through a toy-like playground which is set against a backdrop that looks like a child's drawing. It is a nostalgic reminder of the sweetness and innocence of young love.

I once had the great pleasure of meeting Janet Leigh. When I mentioned that "Walking My Baby Back Home" was one of my favorite musicals, her immediate reaction was a bubbly: "Oh, I loved that movie!"

You couldn't ask for a better endorsement than that.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
does anybody have a copy of this movie? britneyslover182
Discuss Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?