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Whistling in the Dark (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 8 August 1941 (USA)
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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'Fran' Post
Rags Ragland ...
Sylvester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Henry O'Neill ...
Philip Post
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'Buzz' Baker
Paul Stanton ...
Jennings
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Gordon Thomas (as Don Douglas)
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'Noose' Green
William Tannen ...
Robert Graves
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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)  »

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Herdeiro em Apuros  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 25 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its San Francisco television premiere took place 28 June 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 7 February 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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

Gordon Thomas: I'm sorry JJ. I was just trying to ease your mind.
Jones: You can ease my mind by not using yours.
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Followed by Whistling in Dixie (1942) See more »

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A non-stop barrage of fast, funny banter and broad slapstick
23 August 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Red Skelton, achingly young but as engaging and comically flexible as ever, is ideally-cast as Wally Benton, a radio personality and fictional sleuth nicknamed "The Fox", who is kidnapped for real by a nefarious cult leader eager to get his hands on an inheritance--which means implicating Benton in a murder. Adaptation of the play by Laurence Gross and Edward Childs Carpenter is pure fun, with an exceptionally strong supporting cast running high on adrenaline. Conrad Veidt, that great eternal-villain, is the amusingly icy con-man who robs the rich and keeps for himself, while Ann Rutherford is charming as Skelton's girlfriend. She and Red were quickly re-teamed for two more "Whistling" comedies. Well-produced and often ridiculously funny. *** from ****


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