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I Walk Alone (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 January 1948 (USA)
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

Charles Schnee (screenplay), Robert Smith (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Frankie Madison
Lizabeth Scott ... Kay Lawrence
Kirk Douglas ... Noll 'Dink' Turner
Wendell Corey ... Dave
Kristine Miller ... Mrs. Alexis Richardson
George Rigaud ... Maurice
Marc Lawrence ... Nick Palestro
Mike Mazurki ... Dan
Mickey Knox ... Skinner
Roger Neury Roger Neury ... Felix
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Storyline

Frankie Madison returns to New York after 14 years in prison. Noll Turner, Frankie's former partner in bootlegging, is now a wealthy nightclub manager, and Frankie is expecting him to honor a verbal '50:50' agreement they made when he was caught and Noll got away. Fat chance! Can Frankie, who knows only the strong-arm methods of Prohibition, win out against Big Business? It'll be tough...even with the unlikely alliance of torch singer Kay (Noll's ex-girlfriend). Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Two things I can handle baby... guns and dames! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme aux abois See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of three films Lizabeth Scott starred in in 1947. See more »

Goofs

(at around 57 min) Dave has explained how the club is organized financially. Frankie turns, walks away in confusion, then turns back to Dave facing downstage right. Then there is a jump cut and Frankie is suddenly turned 90 degrees facing downstage left. See more »

Quotes

Nick Palestro: For a buck, you'd double-cross your own mother.
Skinner: Why not? She'd do the same to me.
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Connections

Referenced in Pour la peau d'un flic (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Call It Love
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Allie Wrubel
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (uncredited) (dubbed by Trudy Stevens) (uncredited)
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Clever Screenplay for Three Stars
5 February 2007 | by prometheeusSee all my reviews

I just saw this film two nights ago at the San Francisco Film Noir Festival. This was a beautiful movie filled with subtle shades of noir. The underrated Lizbeth Scott has the best performance in this rarely seen drama. There's great snappy dialog. Kirk Douglas is the perfect villain of this clever movie. It is so easy to see his son Michael's face on him. Burt was fun to watch as usual in giving his best to this intriguing screenplay. What was interesting to see unfold (in this almost 60 year old film) was how challenging the crime corporations are in pinpointing the vastness of what exactly they own. How they get around the skimming of the profits. As well as stating that they only "get" a minimal amount of the percentages ~ by the books. There was a lot of thought that went into this film and the three stars gave it their best. Pure quality.


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