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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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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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Ruthless! because once he trusted a dame! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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 »

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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

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

Charles: What about that girl who sings?
Mrs. Richardson: Every man has a girl who sings someplace in his life.
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Soundtracks

Isn't It Romantic?
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played by trio
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Terrific Performances Try to Overcome Weak Script
20 September 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

I Walk Alone (1948)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Frankie Madison (Burt Lancaster) gets out of prison after fourteen years and heads to see his old partner Dink Turner (Kirk Douglas). The two men made an agreement when Frankie took the wrap that they'd split everything down the middle while he was in prison but once on the outside he realizes that Turner has double crossed him. Broke and without any hopes for the future, Frankie must get his revenge. There are some terrific performances to be found here but sadly the end results aren't nearly as good as one would hope for thanks in large part to a screenplay that is just way too predictable for its own good. The story itself really isn't anything original and it doesn't take long for you to realize that Lancaster isn't going to be getting what's coming to him and the film takes way too long for this obvious set-up to take place. Once the double cross actually happens things start to pick up but once again you're one step ahead of the characters as none of them ever really see what's going to happen and after a while you start to realize that they're all rather stupid. This is especially true during the ending, which I won't ruin. I will say there's something Douglas does, which is just so silly that you can't help believe the two characters he does it to would be that dumb. With that said, the film is still worth seeing thanks in large part to the terrific cast. There are many legendary actor-actor combos throughout film history but one of my favorites has always been Lancaster and Douglas. It's somewhat shocking to me that their films aren't better respected than they are but this was the first of seven films they made together and that terrific chemistry is on display here. It's rather amazing to see how well they play off one another in their film film but Lancaster was always terrific at playing the wronged tough guy and Douglas is just so snake like that you can't help but love to hate him. Lizabeth Scott is good in her role as the woman in love with Douglas but who quickly starts to fall for Lancaster. There's no question that the director wanted her to "act" like Lauren Bacall but it works well. Wendell Corey is also very good in his role. I WALK ALONE is part noir and part thriller and fans of those two genres will probably want to check it out. The terrific performances make it a film worth watching but it's a shame the screenplay didn't do a better job with the characters.


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