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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
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Sylvester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Philip Post
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'Buzz' Baker
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Jennings
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Gordon Thomas (as Don Douglas)
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'Noose' Green
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Robert Graves
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Beau Smith
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Harvey Upshaw
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Deputy Commissioner O'Neill (as George Carleton)
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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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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) and in Philadelphia Thursday 28 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its San Francisco television premiere took place 28 June 1958 on KGO (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

Green: He's smart, boss. I listen to him every night.
Jones: Doesn't seem to have done you much good.
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MGM/WARNER DVD (??) ~ Might as well be "Whistling in the Wind!!"
4 January 2005 | by (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – See all my reviews

If WARNER/MGM had their way (of which they DO!)....we will NOT LIKELY ever see these 3 Classic RED SKELTON "Whistling" series comedies on DVD! RED SKELTON stars as Wally Benton, THE FOX ("OOOOOOO!"), a Radio star detective in WHISTLING IN THE DARK, WHISTLING IN DIXIE and WHISTLING IN BRROKLYN. I purchased the VHS copies of these great films quite a few years back (before DVD's) ~ they are definitely 'keepers'! Again, I pass on the film commentaries, because the IMDb reviewers are on target with these flix. What always concerns me is the PUSH needed for someone to read these reviews (from the Production offices of WARNER/MGM)...."HELLO!"....and realize that Classic film fans and consumers WANT (and DEMAND) these films be made available for DVD! And this goes for you other clowns at FOX, COLUMBIA, UNIVERSAL, or whatever corporate names you have absorbed (MCA, SONY, RCA, etc). Pay attention to your fans and show us the respect we deserve by producing MORE quality Classic films!!!!!!! As to quote STAN LEE, "Nuff Said!"


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