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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Grey ...
'Fran' Post
Rags Ragland ...
Sylvester (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Henry O'Neill ...
Philip Post
'Buzz' Baker
Paul Stanton ...
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)


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 <>

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SPOOKS to the RIGHT...SPOOKS to the LEFT -- and SKELTON IN THE MIDDLE...but is he afraid? YES!! See more »


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8 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Whistling in the Dark  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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18 January 2002 | by (Malltown) – See all my reviews

There are 3 of these movies, all similarly crafted and each extremely amusing. Red plays radio sleuth Wally Benton, aka The Fox who gets wrangled into solving real life crimes along with his fiance played by your typical wartime girl next door looker, Ann Rutherford. Many of the one-liners and gags are dumb and probably were in the 1940s which I anticipated. But, just as many actually made me laugh out loud, which was unexpected to say the least. Red Skelton has a surprisingly strong screen presence, surprising I say because I grew up with a much older version of the man who's charm really didnt play well in my formidable years. I have to give these movies the go ahead though -if your in the mood for this type of nostalgic fare. I almost threw in light hearted, but in truth people get wasted and beaten up and dare i say it, the suspense at times is well above average. As with most movies from this era, it gets a PI (politically incorrect) rating for reasons you can well imagine. Wartime is funny that way I guess, and so then again are these movies. Watch one, watch them all.

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