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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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He Fell for the Oldest Trick in the World. If You Want to Pump a Guy... Send a Dame. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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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

First of seven films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together. 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

Frankie Madison: [Thinking that Dave is trying to take advantage of him] Stop tryin' to dizzy me up!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Heart and Soul
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Music by Hoagy Carmichael (1938)
Played by trio
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I WALK ALONE (Byron Haskin, 1948) **1/2
13 September 2009 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Three of the stars from DESERT FURY (1947) – Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott and Wendell Corey – were reunited in another, marginally superior noir that is most notable today for marking the first of seven screen pairings between Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. Although it was still very early in their careers, they had already become typecast as, respectively, the jilted, ex-con hero and the suave, slimy villain and this film has them reprising those characterizations – albeit less effectively than their prototype seen earlier in THE KILLERS (1946) and OUT OF THE PAST (1947); the same goes for Scott and Corey who both share a divided loyalty towards the two male leads. I WALK ALONE can also be said to have kick-started the directorial career of former technician Byron Haskin which lasted for twenty versatile years; unfortunately, that fact is borne out by the surprising lack of pace (which makes the film seem longer than its 98-minute running-time) and a rather weak climactic confrontation. Even so, the film is most interesting in the way it depicts the change in crime syndication (from streetwise toughness in the bootlegging Depression days to business acumen in the capitalist post-WWII era) that occurred during the fourteen years Lancaster spent behind bars: this is highlighted in a sharply amusing sequence when accountant Corey wrecks Lancaster's dream of owning half of Douglas' business empire (as they had verbally agreed on all those years before) by disclosing in "double-talk" the complex legal relationship that exists between the various companies owned by Douglas!


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