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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 1 September 1947 (USA)
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A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a sinister conspiracy.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Ken Englund (screen play), Everett Freeman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Walter Mitty
Virginia Mayo ... Rosalind van Hoorn
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Hugo Hollingshead
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Eunice Mitty
Ann Rutherford ... Gertrude Griswold
Thurston Hall ... Bruce Pierce
Gordon Jones ... Tubby Wadsworth
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Irma Griswold
Konstantin Shayne ... Peter van Hoorn
Reginald Denny ... Colonel
Henry Corden ... Hendrick
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Leticia Follinsbee
Fritz Feld ... Anatole
Frank Reicher ... Karl Maasdam
Milton Parsons ... Butler Tyler
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Storyline

In New York the clumsy Walter Mitty is the publisher of pulp fiction at the Pierce Publishing house owned by Bruce Pierce. He lives with his overbearing mother and neither his fiancée Gertrude Griswold and her mother nor his best friend Tubby Wadsworth respects him. Walter is an escapist and daydreams into a world of fantasy many times along the day. When Walter is commuting, he stumbles in the train with the gorgeous Rosalind van Hoorn who uses Walter to escape from her pursuer. Walter unintentionally gets involved with a dangerous ring of spies that are seeking a black book with notes about a hidden treasure. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

1 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Doppelleben des Herrn Mitty See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$956,625
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Beautiful Dreamer" is used in many dream scenes with Walter & Rosalind van Hoorn (Walter's dream girl). The several real life scenes with Walter & Rosalind van Hoorn has her playing it for him on a piano but never the full song. Walter comments to her the first time she plays it "That's my favorite song, Beautiful Dreamer, I like the way you play it". See more »

Goofs

The swastikas shown on the Spitfire are originally shown in reverse. Shortly thereafter they are shown the correct way round. Clearly the studio mocked up one side of a Spitfire and simply reversed the filmed image to 'show' both sides of the plane. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Mitty: The clock didn't strike. I definitely heard it not strike.
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Soundtracks

Massa's in de Cold, Cold Ground
(1852) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Background in daydream session with Tubby
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A Classic Comedy!
16 July 1999 | by IrisNo11See all my reviews

Before there was Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, JIM CARREY -- of course -- there was the great and late Danny Kaye. In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", Mr. Kaye gives a brilliant and hysterical performance as the highly imaginative Walter Mitty, who escapes his own real life and pictures himself as a whole new person, whether it's a hat designer, professional gambler, a war hero, surgeon, etc. Yet his imagination is no longer fiction when a real life event and adventure takes place in the dull, but unique life of Walter Mitty.

Anyhow, I was really surprised at this movie. I thought it was going to be boring, because 1947 is 34 years before I was born, but I was really impressed by this movie. As a matter of fact, I thought it was A LOT funnier than a few comedy films they have these days. Danny Kaye really puts a smile on your face in this film. Anyone would love watching this film! It's a true classic! :o)


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