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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.

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Norman Z. McLeod

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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

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English | French | German

Release Date:

1 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

In an unused Mitty dream sequence, Boris Karloff appears as the Frankenstein (1931) monster, which explains Mitty's fear of Karloff's character. Test photos of Karloff in makeup (by Jack P. Pierce) exist, as well as a letter from Universal Pictures to Samuel Goldwyn Pictures giving permission to use the makeup design. See more »

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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

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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Version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Words and Music for
"Anatole of Paris"
by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited)
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One of greatest actors you should know...
10 October 2005 | by jdpowers4See all my reviews

First I have to admit that Danny Kaye was completely unheard of to me before I saw this movie. During the summer one year, the 'Morning Movie' featured 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.' A wonderful surprise for me was the actor Danny Kaye who I had never heard of before. Instead of another boring movie that I would have to watch because there is nothing else to watch. Danny Kaye became the actor I needed to see more of because I couldn't stop laughing. Unquestionably, this movie is full of characters that complement Danny Kaye, but he is the 'star' that makes this movie shine. The variety of the storyline is well written, but not just any actor could lead this cast. If you are looking to see what a real funny movie should look like, check this one out. The movie is good, but Danny Kaye is what makes it great.


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