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The Man Who Walked Alone (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 15 March 1945 (USA)
A hitch-hiking stranger manages a lift from a young woman into the town he's destined for, and she's from. Both land up in jail, twice, as the small town and its leading family slowly unravel the in-plain-sight mystery behind this man.

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writers:

Christy Cabanne (original screenplay), Robert Lee Johnson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave O'Brien ... Cpl. Marion Scott (as David O'Brien)
Kay Aldridge ... Wilhelmina Hammond
Walter Catlett ... Wiggins
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Champ
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Hammond
Smith Ballew ... Alvin Bailey
Nancy June Robinson Nancy June Robinson ... Patricia Hammond
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Aunt Harriett
Chester Clute ... Mr. Monroe
Vivien Oakland ... Mrs. Monroe (as Vivian Okaland)
Vicki Saunders Vicki Saunders ... Camille
Robert Hartzell Robert Hartzell ... Joe
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Moe
Frank Melton ... Glem
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Zilch
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Storyline

Marion Scott, honorably discharged WW II soldier, in "civies" and carrying a suitcase containing his uniform and medals, is hitch-hiking to the small hometown of a buddy killed overseas, intending to make it his home. En-route, he encounters wealthy society girl Wilhelmina Hammond, who is running away from her stuffed-shirt fiancée, Alvin Bailey and has taken his car without permission. Marion and Wilhelmina are bickering over a blow-out and an empty gas tank when the local cops appear and haul them off to jail on a car-theft charge. Wilhelmina establishes her identity and is released and, intrigued by Marion whom she suspects is a deserter, arranges his release also. She takes him to the Hammond estate and tells Marion, who does not know her true identity, she is Mrs. Hammond's secretary. Wilhelmina has no keys to the home and they are arrested again when they are caught crawling into the house through a window. This time reporters and photographers discover her identity and plaster ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

He Was A One-Man Army - She A One-Girl Blitz!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Es necesario el matrimonio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Karl Hjos earned a very rare Oscar nomination for PRC Studios. See more »

Goofs

When Willie and Marion are riding in the taxi to the Hammond place, we see out the rear window a following car that appears to come up impossibly close: the windshield seems to be right at the taxi's rear window. See more »

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A wonderful screwball comedy
10 March 2013 | by ashkakayleeSee all my reviews

This movie is something of a find. With so many movies made at the time, many were bound to slip under the radar. This one did, sadly. The story is engaging from the start and never droops. It's a total joy. Considering it was made by one of the smaller studios, the sets looked good and the story was excellent. But really it's the acting by the two little known leads that makes this so watchable. Dave O'Brien, playing the kind of role that would normally have to gone to Cary Grant or Joel McCrea, proves he was as good as anyone at playing screw ball comedy. Kay Aldridge is stunningly beautiful as the female lead that would normally have gone to Claudette Colbert or Jean Arthur and is a revelation. Miss Aldridge bares more than a passing resemblance to Vivien Leigh, and at times sounds like her. Which is no bad thing considering how good Vivien Leigh was. She and Dave O'Brien have great chemistry together in this. The rest of the cast are just as good and I would recommend this movie to anyone to watch.


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