7.0/10
5,254
63 user 22 critic

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 1 September 1947 (USA)
Trailer
1:44 | Trailer
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 »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Wonder Man (1945)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After being murdered by gangsters, an exuberant nightclub entertainer returns as a ghost to persuade his meek twin brother to help bring his killers to justice.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A town's corrupt officials think a fool is actually an investigator in disguise.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

With her gangster boyfriend under investigation by the police, a nightclub singer hides out in a musical research institution staffed by bachelor professors - one of whom begins to fall for her.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman
On the Double (1961)
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At the time of the Invasion of Normandy, an American soldier is asked to impersonate a British General in order to confuse the Nazi spies and assassins in London.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Merry Andrew (1958)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Downtrodden but creative English school-teacher (Danny Kaye) on archeological trip discovers joys of love and circus life with acrobat (Pier Angeli).

Director: Michael Kidd
Stars: Danny Kaye, Pier Angeli, Salvatore Baccaloni
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a timid milkman knocks unconscious a boxing champion who was accosting his sister, he decides to take up boxing himself in order to impress a beautiful nightclub singer.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Paolo Coniglio (coniglio is the italian translaton of "rabbit") is a naive and clumsy writer in comics publishing, bullied by his manager and the terrible future mother-in-law. To escape ... See full summary »

Director: Neri Parenti
Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Janet Agren, Alessandro Haber
Up in Arms (1944)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Danny Kaye, Dana Andrews, Dinah Shore
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Loring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise's band, but quits to ... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong
Knock on Wood (1954)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and ... See full summary »

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's life is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Boris Karloff, Nedda Harrigan, James Stephenson
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

1 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Doppelleben des Herrn Mitty See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$956,625
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Author James Thurber acknowledged that the character Walter Mitty was based on his friend, writer Robert Benchley. Thurber said that he got the idea for Mitty from the character created by Benchley in a series of shorts that he made for Fox and MGM, respectively, in the 1920s and 1930s. Thurber is also on record as saying that he hated this film and that Danny Kaye's interpretation of Mitty is nothing at all like he intended the character to be. See more »

Goofs

After getting off the train where he met Rosalind van Hoorn, Walter runs into her sitting in a yellow and red Skyview cab. He gets in with her. When he gets out the cab, it has changed to a pink and tan A&R Service Co. cab. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Walter Mitty: Pockata! Pockata!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'A Night to Remember' (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Folks at Home Swanee River
(1851) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Background in daydream session with Tubby
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Danny Kaye plays his part very well
4 July 1999 | by chris-459See all my reviews

If you like Danny Kaye's style you should see this movie. I like his style of making people laugh, so I'm amused with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". The scenes in which "Mitty" imagines himself to be a brave British pilot (and when he pretends to be his old music teacher), a hat designer, and a gambler from the old South are my favorite "dream sequences" of the film. Regarding the scenes that take place in "the real world" I think the takes with Doctor Hollingshead (Boris Karloff) and the one in which Mitty pretends to have a gun in his pocket are very funny. The partnership between Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo is here at its best.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 63 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed