Synopsis: A chronic day dreamer discovers his life is in danger after he shares a taxi cab with a woman he met on the train.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Danny Kaye, Boris Karloff, Virginia Mayo and Ann Rutherford.
Review: My wife and I had actually planned on watching an episode of “Supernatural” last night. However, because of some internet issues (I’m in need of a new wireless router); we weren’t able to access Netflix and decided to watch the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” instead. As it turns out, it was a good decision.
I haven’t seen a lot of Danny Kaye movies but, after seeing him as the star of this film, I have to say I am now an instant fan. The script writers gave him plenty of opportunities to show off his talent and he took full advantage of that. I especially loved his musical number about the hat maker while my wife couldn’t stop laughing at his physical comedy. He also managed to make Mitty’s near nervous breakdown very convincing and, at times, I was starting to wonder whether or not he really was just imagining things.
In fact, I think a big part of the reason I enjoyed this movie so much was the amazing performance by the entire cast. Karloff (one of my personal favorites), for example, managed to be his normally creepy self while playing the murderous Dr. Hollingshead and Rutherford was very memorable as Mitty’s ditzy fiancée. She managed to steal the show in many of the scenes she was in.
My only real complaint about this movie had to be the ending. It just seemed like it was cut short and we were left out of the loop about certain things (such as a clearer explanation about what happened to his fiancée). However, that was actually pretty minor and, overall; I thought this film was just fantastic.
Final Opinion: This movie left me undecided about watching the 2013 remake because, after seeing this version, I have a hard time believing the newer version will live up to my expectations.
My Grade: A