The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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A mild-mannered pushover, Walter Mitty (Danny Kaye) longs to be free of his mundane existence, where has to contend with his pushy mother (Fay Bainter) and flighty fiancée (Ann Rutherford), among others. Indulging in elaborate daydreams, Walter finds himself on a real adventure when the lovely and enigmatic Rosalind van Hoorn (Virginia Mayo) ropes him into a situation involving valuable jewels, a little black book, and a sinister criminal named Dr. Hugo Hollingshead (Boris Karloff).

Cast & Crew

Danny Kaye
Walter Mitty
Virginia Mayo
Rosalind van Hoorn
Boris Karloff
Dr. Hollingshead
Fay Bainter
Mrs. Mitty
Ann Rutherford
Gertrude Griswold
Thurston Hall
Bruce Pierce
Konstantin Shayne
Peter van Hoorn
Florence Bates
Mrs. Griswold
Gordon Jones
Tubby Wadsworth
Ken Englund
Screenwriter
Everett Freeman
Screenwriter
Philip Rapp
Screenwriter
James Thurber
Writer (Story)
Sylvia Fine
Original Song
David Raksin
Original Music
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Monica Collingwood
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Critic Reviews for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Audience Reviews for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • Dec 28, 2013
    The original "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is not the best executed story of all time, getting a little jumbled in all it's cleverness, but it sure holds your attention and makes you laugh a lot. The actors all bring their A-Game to this picture, and through the normal sequences, to the daydream sequences, it's almost flawless transitioning for it's time. Being made in 1947, this film sure must have been a wonder to it's original audience. There is some very unique filming techniques and the colour tones of everything was decided perfectly. The script for this film is very whimsical and enjoyable to say the very least. When Walter Mitty enters his dream worlds, his character always goes off the rails into a performance that I will remember forever, purely off of it's fun vibe. This is not a perfect film in any way, due to the fact that it can become a little unfocussed as to what it is trying to convey to it's audience, but nevertheless, it's a great film!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2009
    Whimsical, telling fable about ordinary life and memorable star vehicle for Danny Kaye, playing the dual role of milquetoast in real life and he-man in his dreams.
    hawk l Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2008
    My favorite Danny Kaye film.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2007
    Walter Mitty is a man who constantly escapes the confines of his boring life through day dreams. His world is suddenly turned upside down when he meets a mysterious woman who inadvertently draws him into a conspiracy of murder and hidden jewels. This might just be my favorite Danny Kaye film. The day dream sequences are Kaye at his comedic best and the dramatic scenes highlight his vulnerability and skill as an actor. There's an innocence and charm about this movie that makes it an enduring, timeless classic.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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