Walter Mitty


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Walter Mitty

A person, generally quite ordinary or ineffectual, who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs. For example, He's a Walter Mitty about riding in a rodeo but is actually afraid of horses. This term comes from James Thurber's short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), describing just such a character.
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At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, District Judge Stephen Earl told Ahmed his was like fictional character Walter Mitty, who was part of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
At a sentencing hearing yesterday, District Judge Stephen Earl told Ahmed his was like fictional character Walter Mitty.
I was always led to believe the Walter Mitty character was fictitious, but now I'm having my doubts.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Producer Stuart Cornfeld shared his love of the country "Iceland is just an amazing place, where the quality of light is truly different from anywhere on Earth.
Stiller, who also serves as director and producer, gives us a Walter Mitty who is a sad singleton, spending his working hours in the depths of the Life magazine office, where he is in charge of developing photographic negatives.
The dramatic scenery of Iceland is a star in its own right in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller in the lead role.
BEN Stiller (pictured) directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.
Since then, Walter Mitty (a mild-mannered man who enlivens a mundane day with a series of fantasies) has been synonymous with daydreaming and flights of imagination.
Ultimately, the phrase 'a Walter Mitty character' looks set to outlast everyone's memories of a film which seems to rely more on special effects than the script's ability to find the heart of a 21st century Forest Gump.
Stiller plays dreamer Walter Mitty, a character from a James Thuber short story in The New Yorker in 1939.
OWARDS the end of The Life Of Walter Mitty, a respected photojournalist sits on a mountainside in staring intently through a rare snow leopard slinks things don''t ask for coos the snapper, by the elusive big cat in habitat.
During a press tour for his latest film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Stiller told the Hollywood Reporter that he felt "limited by who I am as an actor".
From the song "Anatole of Paris" in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," as written by Sylvia Fine and sung by her husband, Danny Kaye: "And the oboe it is clearly understood / Is an ill wind that no one blows good.
I remain an unreconstructed Walter Mitty who has not accepted that the most interesting person on the plane is sure to be sitting two rows in front of me.
Even more, with their ordinary human alter egos, these comic book deities allow the nerdy Walter Mitty in readers everywhere to imagine themselves as caped crusaders.