I Walk Alone (1947)

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Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business.



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  • Kirk Douglas and George Rigaud in I Walk Alone (1947)
  • Burt Lancaster and Lizabeth Scott in I Walk Alone (1947)
  • Lizabeth Scott in I Walk Alone (1947)
  • Burt Lancaster and Lizabeth Scott in I Walk Alone (1947)
  • Burt Lancaster and Lizabeth Scott in I Walk Alone (1947)

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27 December 2010 | secondtake
| All the ingredients but no cake here. And no frosting for sure
I Walk Alone (1948)

Wow, this should have been great. Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas alone make a great combination. Throw in Lizabeth Scott, who practically owns the archetype of a film noir leading woman (which isn't to say she's the best at it, for sure).

But there are two huge problems. The script, the story, is just too thin and old hat to matter--a club owner, an ex-con, a torch song singer, and some old scores to settle. Could have been a contender, maybe. Looming larger is something you don't always see so clearly--bad direction. It shows in a lot of ways, the biggest being great actors (all three) who are at their worst. It's really a shock, if you like these people. Even the photography varies, sometimes dramatic (there are some great sets, for sure) and sometimes static and functional.

Now, it's not a disaster. And there is an interesting angle to the movie that echoes the movies more than real life. There is an attempt to revive the old Prohibition gangster feel. In fact, they work a time warp into the story by having Lancaster play bootlegger who was jailed in the early 1930s, and just got out in 1947. So he still has the old gangster mentality. Douglas avoided jail and for fourteen years has been semi-legit. The clash of eras ends up being the real height of the movie. Even the clash of desires (both men want the compliant singer, Scott) isn't enough to lift those scenes.

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