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Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 November 1950 (USA)
An ex-hood hopes to start a new life under an assumed name in a small town but his past catches up with him when an old crime-buddy asks him to help with a casino heist.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screen play), Manuel Seff (based on a story by) (as Manny Seff) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Chris Hale aka Steve
Alida Valli ... Elaine Corelli (as Valli)
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Brentman
Paul Stewart ... Whitey Lake
Jack Paar ... Ray Healy
Jeff Donnell ... Gwen
John McIntire ... Morgan
Howard Petrie ... Bowen
Frank Puglia ... A.J. Corelli
Esther Dale ... Miss Thompson
Marlo Dwyer ... Mabel
Robert Ellis ... Skating Boy
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Storyline

A charming, smooth-talking gambler calling himself Chris Hale arrives in Ashton, home of the Corelli shoe factory. Claiming to have lived there as a boy, he soon ingratiates himself with the townspeople... including attractive heiress Elaine Corelli, wheelchair-bound since a recent accident. Chris, hoping to leave crime behind, seems to have excellent prospects; but of course, his past catches up with him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weep No More See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last credited film at RKO for production head Dore Schary. After clashing with the studio's new owner, Howard Hughes, Schary left RKO and went to MGM as head of production there. See more »

Quotes

Bowen: I like to keep my neck in shape. I stick it out so often.
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Referenced in American Masters: Jack Paar: 'As I Was Saying...' (1997) See more »

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Not the best film of it's type, but a worthwhile one
29 August 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Walk Softly, Stranger may not be the most memorable slice of classic cinema of all time, but even so; Robert Stevenson's film offers an interesting tale of redemption and retribution, despite not being at all innovative. The film stars Joseph Cotten as a man who travels to a town called Ashton. He quickly becomes friendly with the locals, and tells them that he once lived there as a boy. His friendship with a young wheelchair-bound lady named Elaine Corelli, daughter of a successful factory owner, proves his most fruitful. But people's pasts have a habit of catching up them, and the man's gambling exploits are his weakness. The fact that this film stars Joseph Cotten was my main reason for seeing it. The man has a great screen presence that blends excellently with film noir. His performance here isn't one of his best, but he does well at hinting at a sinister side to his character just below the surface. He is joined by classic actress Alida Valli, who is most notable to me for the fact that she was one of the leads of Dario Argento's masterpiece 'Suspiria'. The plot flows well throughout, and while it's never too full of surprises; and the ending doesn't live up to the beginning, the film still offers 80 minutes of decent entertainment.


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