The Barefoot Mailman

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The Barefoot Mailman
Directed by Earl McEvoy
Produced by Robert Cohn
Written by James Gunn
Alfred Lewis Levitt
Francis Swann
Theodore Pratt (novel)
Starring Bob Cummings
Terry Moore
Jerome Courtland
Music by George Duning
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • December 3, 1951 (1951-12-03)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Barefoot Mailman is a comedy-adventure film starring Robert Cummings and distributed by Columbia Pictures in 1951. The film was based on the 1943 novel The Barefoot Mailman by Theodore Pratt. Filmed in Super Cinecolor on location in Florida where the events take place, it features many elements of the Western.


Set in 1895, Robert Cummings plays a con man, Sylvanus Hurley, who is trying to raise the selling price of land he owns by convincing the residents of Miami that a railroad is coming to town. Jerome Courtland plays the barefoot mailman, Steven Pierton, who leads Sylvanus along the beach from Palm Beach to Miami, and who is skeptical of Sylvanus's scheme. Terry Moore is a run-away teenager, Adie Titus, who joins Sylvanus and Steven on their walk by impersonating a child. John Russell plays Theron, a swamp gang leader who tries to carry Adie away. Will Geer plays Dan Paget, a newspaper editor and the mayor of Miami.

The wit of Sylvanus Hurley[edit]

You're an idealist
No, just a bachelor
Same thing

A man never knows how happy he is until he gets married...and then it's too late

Women are like meals; absolutely necessary but extremely uncomfortable when they stay with you