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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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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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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 Chicago Saturday 2 Marc h 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in Los Angeles it first aired 25 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Minneapolis 19 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) 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

Jones: We part in radiant contentment.
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Referenced in This Time for Keeps (1942) See more »

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A great comedy mystery film!
4 May 2004 | by (Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901) – See all my reviews

While many pass this off as a B movie it is, indeed, a first class comedy that is well-written and acted. Red Skelton is great as Wally Benton better known to radio fans as The Fox. Ann Rutherford is perfect as Wally's fiance Carol Lambert. Conrad Veidt leads a very well cast gang of criminals. I read one account of this movie which states that Vincente Minelli directed this film, not unless he changed his name to S. Sylvan Simon, who directed all three of the Fox movies. This is a very entertaining film made when imagination was encouraged. So get over your black and white prejudice if you have one, sit back and enjoy a truly great comedy. This was also Red's first starring role. Take note during the climax of the reference to Orson Welles' War Of the Worlds broadcast.


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