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Whistling in the Dark (1941)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  8 August 1941 (USA)
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Radio crime show host 'The Fox' along with his fiancée and ex-girlfriend are kidnapped by a larcenous cult who demand that he help them plan a perfect murder.

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Virginia Grey ...
'Fran' Post
Rags Ragland ...
Sylvester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Henry O'Neill ...
Philip Post
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'Buzz' Baker
Paul Stanton ...
Jennings
Donald Douglas ...
Gordon Thomas (as Don Douglas)
Don Costello ...
'Noose' Green
William Tannen ...
Robert Graves
Reed Hadley ...
Beau Smith
Mariska Aldrich ...
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Harvey Upshaw
George M. Carleton ...
Deputy Commissioner O'Neill (as George Carleton)
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Storyline

The operators of 'Silver Haven', a cultish group bilking gullible rich people out of money, is set to inherit a large sum after the deceased woman's heir also dies. Leader Joesph Jones decides to hurry the process along and kidnaps Wally Benton, his fiance and a friend to further this goal. Wally is "The Fox", a radio sleuth who solves murders on the air. Jones wants him to devise a perfect murder and isn't above killing others sloppily along the way to get his foolproof murder plot. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Laughter has the right of way in every single scene! See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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8 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herdeiro em Apuros  »

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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 19 January 1932 and had 265 performances. The opening night cast included Edward Arnold, Claire Trevor, Ernest Truex and Arthur Vinton. See more »

Goofs

The murder plan calls for Gordon Thomas to go to Kansas City to catch the same plane that intended victim Harvey Upshaw is taking to New York. But when the plane to New York is shown taking off, the airport sign on the terminal is reversed (mirror image) AND it says "Chicago Municipal Airport." See more »

Quotes

Fran: What are you? A man or a mouse?
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: I'm a man, but tell me if you see a cat coming.
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On His Way Up
2 May 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

It's Red's first starring role and he plays it fairly straight only sometimes mugging it up in ways that would become his comedic trademark. It's an excellent supporting cast, especially the unsung Don Costello as the henchman with a bad case of nerves and unsteady loyalties. And whose inspired idea was it to walk the thuggish-looking Hilda (Mariska Aldrich) through several scenes, allowing Red to get off some choice one-liners, ("Didn't I see you on 'Wrestling' last week."). Still, I'm curious why there're two leading ladies instead of one. Grey's character "Fran" seems unnecessary to the comedy set-ups and the storyline, so perhaps there's an inside story on this odd bit of doubling-up.

In my little book, the movie's only fitfully funny, mainly because the two comedy set-ups (the secret room and the radio trick) go on too long and lack the intensity of Red's better comedies. As other reviewers point out, the best parts are the many choice throwaway lines that sometimes fly fast and furious, so keep your ear cocked. All in all, this first of the "Whistling" series is not the best, but it does present a chance to catch one show-biz's brightest comedy acts developing his way up the Hollywood ladder.


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