The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (DVD)
Danny Kaye stars as the mild-mannered mouse who imagines himself to be a number of daredevil heroes in this whimsical adaptation of James Thurber's short story. It's a fantasy tale the entire family will love. Year: 1947 Director: Norman Z. McLeod Starring: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo]]>
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This film was recently remade sadly with a slightly different plot and newer actors and I'm sorry to say it did not honor the original.
Danny Kaye shines in this film as he always does with clever voices, faces, and general quirky-ness. He's a joy to watch. And when you put jim along side the beautiful female star and the collection of obscure or interesting characters it makes for a great film.
Aside from one man dying and mind fighting this movie is completely clean and I would even let my kids watch it.
I would recommend this to anyone into comedy, suspense and romance. Excellent film, wish they still made them like this.
Danny Kaye is wonderful as an innocent, accident prone milquetoast with a rich fantasy life. And the supporting cast is just, wow! The color and images are stunning.
The script is brilliant...tongue-in-cheek and witty in the manner of some of the best writing from films in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Ever see The Women? Same kind of laugh until you drop writing. You often get the impression there are two meanings...the "obvious" meaning for the general public, and the inside double meaning for the script writers and their little inside circle.
Some think Danny Kaye was gay and that his scripts have a gay double-entendre. The evidence for Kaye's queerness is much contested (lots of debate about his supposed affair with Olivier) but either way I think it's clear that screenwriters of the time were so comfortable in the invisibility of gay culture that they had fun dropping a lot of double meanings in that back then went mostly unnoticed and today are just hilarious.
Too bad this is out of print. Maybe they'll remake it. I paid $140 to get it used and I don't regret it.