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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.

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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:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 24, 1948 with Burt Lancaster and Lizabeth Scott reprising their film roles. 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

Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Isn't It Romantic?
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played by trio
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All the ingredients but no cake here. And no frosting for sure
27 December 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

I Walk Alone (1948)

Wow, this should have been great. Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas alone make a great combination. Throw in Lizabeth Scott, who practically owns the archetype of a film noir leading woman (which isn't to say she's the best at it, for sure).

But there are two huge problems. The script, the story, is just too thin and old hat to matter--a club owner, an ex-con, a torch song singer, and some old scores to settle. Could have been a contender, maybe. Looming larger is something you don't always see so clearly--bad direction. It shows in a lot of ways, the biggest being great actors (all three) who are at their worst. It's really a shock, if you like these people. Even the photography varies, sometimes dramatic (there are some great sets, for sure) and sometimes static and functional.

Now, it's not a disaster. And there is an interesting angle to the movie that echoes the movies more than real life. There is an attempt to revive the old Prohibition gangster feel. In fact, they work a time warp into the story by having Lancaster play bootlegger who was jailed in the early 1930s, and just got out in 1947. So he still has the old gangster mentality. Douglas avoided jail and for fourteen years has been semi-legit. The clash of eras ends up being the real height of the movie. Even the clash of desires (both men want the compliant singer, Scott) isn't enough to lift those scenes.


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