I Walk Alone
Crime / Drama / Film Noir
Directed by Byron Haskin
Cast: Burt Lancaster as Frankie Madison
Lizabeth Scott as Kay Lawrence
Kirk Douglas as Noll 'Dink' Turner
Wendell Corey as Dave
Kristine Miller as Mrs. Alexis Richardson
George Rigaud as Maurice
Marc Lawrence as Nick Palestro
Mike Mazurki as Dan
Mickey Knox as Skinner
Roger Neury as Felix Walter
I Walk Alone is a Hal Wallis Production, released in 1948. The film noir crime drama was directed by Byron Haskin.
Frankie Madison and Dink Turner have been partners in a bootlegging operation during Prohibition when they are involved in a gun battle with their competition. Splitting up, the pair vows that, if one of them is caught, he will not implicate the other and when he gets out of prison his share will be waiting for him.
Frankie is the one who is caught and is sentenced to a 14 year prison term. Upon his release he goes to find Dink, his old partner, believing that the deal is good, only to have Dink tell him the deal was only for the old business and does not involve Dink’s current success as a nightclub owner.
Disappointed and angered, Frankie vows to get his, and goes out to enlist men to help him fight Dink to get what is coming to him. He is once again disappointed when he finds that all the men he thinks will help him are on Dink’s payroll.
In the meantime Dink tells his girlfriend that he’s going to marry a wealthy woman to insure the continued success of his nightclub, but tells her they can continue their relationship anyway. The girlfriend, Kay, is disgusted by the suggestion and dumps Dink. More and more attracted to Frankie, Kay offers to help him and he eventually overcomes his mistrust of her.
One member of the old gang, Dave, doesn’t like the way Dink has treated Frankie and also offers to help, but when he tells Dink his intentions he’s killed and the murder is pinned on Frankie.
Once again on the run from the law, Frankie and Kay go to Dink’s home to confront him and settle their differences once and for all.