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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)


Knowing that Mike Meyers (Austin Powers, Shrek) will be releasing a remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty next year, now is a great time to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the original 1947 version or the famed James Thurber short story on which it was based.

Few people under the age of 50 watches films from this era, but this one's worth a peek, especially the second half, when Danny Kaye's slapstick sensibility and the movie's mystery-like plot beautifully intermingle—not unlike the films of fellow '40s stars Abbott and Costello.

Although the original features a pair of musical numbers that now feel extremely old-fashioned, a grandiose title performance by the multi-talented Kaye—who looks like a cross between Sean Penn and Eddie Haskell while behaving and entertaining like his generation's Jim Carrey—transforms this tale of perpetually daydreaming magazine editor Mitty thrust into a real-life cloak and dagger adventure from hokey throwback into appreciable time-capsule.