I Walk Alone (1948)

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Set during Prohibition, this crime melodrama tells the tale of two bootleggers and an upscale speakeasy. Rumrunners Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster have a thriving business until they find themselves racing up to an enormous police roadblock while running a fresh supply of hooch to their club one night. Realizing that all will be lost if they are both captured, the pair quickly make a pact. One will run on foot while the other drives to the roadblock. The one who successfully escapes is to maintain the club and save half the profits for the other. Unlucky Lancaster gets caught and spends 14 years in prison. He spends most of that time angrily dreaming of revenge and soon after his release, he sets out to get it. By this time, Douglas has turned the nightclub into a lucrative venture. Unfortunately for Lancaster, he is unwilling to share in the profits and quickly sets his accountant to doctoring the books to ensure that the vengeful Lancaster gets nothing. It's a big mistake on Douglas's part, and eventually, after much conniving, double-crossing and even a murder, he gets what's coming to him.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures

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Cast

Burt Lancaster
as Frankie Madison
Lizabeth Scott
as Kay Lawrence
Kirk Douglas
as Noll 'Dink' Turner
Kristine Miller
as Mrs. Richardson
George Rigaud
as Maurice
Marc Lawrence
as Nick Palestro
Mickey Knox
as Skinner
Roger Neury
as Felix
John Bishop
as Ben the Bartender
Bruce Lester
as Charles
Jean Del Val
as Henri the Chef
Gino Corrado
as George the Assistant Chef
Fred Somers
as Butcher
Charles D. Brown
as Lt. Hollaran
Bruce Lister
as Charles
Wally Merrill
as Schreiber
Walter Merrill
as Schreiber
Bobby Barber
as Newsboy
Jack Perrin
as Policeman
Bert Moorhouse
as Toll Gate Policeman
Olin Howland
as Watchman
Jim Davies
as Masseur
Marc Lawrence
as Nick Palestro
Marc Lawrence I
as Nick Palestro
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Critic Reviews for I Walk Alone

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The film is entertaining because of the top-flight cast.

Full Review… | December 21, 2004
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Audience Reviews for I Walk Alone

"I Walk Alone" is an adequate film noir -- nothing too outstanding to make it worth remembering, but nothing so bad that it feels like a waste of time. Carefully plotted but blandly acted, "I Walk Alone" unravels in the same manner as most noirs, twisting and turning upon the actions of each character. Byron Haskin's direction is sufficient enough, but Lizabeth Scott underacts in most of her scenes and Burt Lancaster is either miscast or simply not believable. Kirk Douglas provides a deliciously snake-like performance, but even he cannot overshadow the bad acting of the film's leads. In the end, "I Walk Alone" isn't excellent cinema, but it works well for what it is.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

½

The actors are better than the script in this conventional noir. The story is a standard double cross scenario but if you're a fan of either Lancaster or Douglas or both this rarely shown drama will offer a glimpse of them at the beginning of their careers and both display the movie star charisma that put them on the map.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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