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Coming from Ben Stiller: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow

The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty_5James Thurber’s most fondly remembered story is probably “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” which invites us into the daydreams of a mild-mannered and slightly henpecked husband.  While he tries to remember what it was his wife wanted him to pick up at the store (puppy biscuit), he imagines himself as a surgeon, a marksman, a Naval officer, and the devil-may-care target of a firing squad.  After all, who among us has not sat at our desks and imagined ourselves taking a fifth curtain call, inventing the iPhone, accepting a Tony, an Oscar, a Nobel?

The story was made into a musical comedy starring Danny Kaye in 1947.

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And now Ben Stiller has directed and stars in an updated version that looks wistful, even melancholy, but very touching, the kind of movie a guy might daydream about from the set of a dopey film like “The Watch.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ralph Ward

    Nell,
    Still waiting to see a new version of The Odd Couple starring Stiller and Adam Sandler.

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