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Kaira Mellix 2/2/17 Thomas Anderson Paper #1 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: 1947 The movie to be discussed below is the 1947 version of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ which was directed by Norman Z. McLeod. The movie stars Danny Kaye as Walter Mitty, who edits for a publishing company named Pierce Publishing. He is harassed by nearly everyone in his life on a daily basis including his overprotective mother (Fay Bainter), his fiancée, Gertrude Griswold (Ann Rutherford), Mrs. Griswold (Florence Bates), and Gertrude’s obnoxious, potential suitor, Tubby Wadsworth (Gordon Jones). To escape the pressures of his life, he envisions himself in impossible alternate realities fueled by the pulp fiction magazines he reads daily at his job. As the movie progresses, Walter’s life becomes increasingly more complicated after he stumbles across the beautiful, Rosalind van Hoorn (Virginia Mayo) during his daily commute to work. Hoorn uses him to escape from a man who was following her, she kisses him on the train and pretends as if he’s her husband and thus begins his entanglement in absolute shenanigans. After Walter and Rosalind become acquainted, and Walter being a witness to a murder, Rosalind’s uncle, Peter van Hoorn (Konstantin Shayne), invites him over for tea. At Peter van Hoorn’s house, Rosalind and Peter warn Walter that he may be in danger. They both inform him that there is a group of dangerous men looking for a little black book that holds notes about a hidden treasure. While at the department store, Walter then realizes he has that exact book and is also being followed by the same gentleman that was following Rosalind.
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