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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Author James Thurber offered producer Samuel Goldwyn $10,000 to not make the film. See more »

Goofs

Reginald Denny wears an Air Vice Marshal's uniform in the RAF daydream, yet he is credited with playing the "Colonel". (Danny Kaye wears Group Captain rank insignia in the sequence, and is correctly called that by the other pilots.) See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hollingshead: Perhaps you are mistaking me for someone else.
Walter Mitty: Oh, no. No one looks as much like you do as *you* do.
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Connections

Referenced in The Rockford Files: Gearjammers, Part 1 (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Massa's in de Cold, Cold Ground
(1852) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Background in daydream session with Tubby
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Danny Kaye At His Finest
13 March 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is probably the finest role in Danny Kaye's career. I think its because I can relate to the fact that he is a daydreamer with a vivid imagination and he let's his imagination goes wild. Walter represents every put upon person and his daydreams are his way of escaping. I especially loved the gambler sequence, especially when he wakes up and the cards go flying.


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