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Whistling in Dixie (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Mystery | Crime  -  December 1942 (USA)
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Radio sleuth Wally "The Fox" Benton forgoes his honeymoon to help his wife's old friend solve a murder and hunt for Civil War gold inside a spooky mansion and fort.

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George Bancroft ...
Sheriff Claude Stagg
Guy Kibbee ...
Judge George Lee
Diana Lewis ...
Ellamae Downs
Peter Whitney ...
Frank V. Bailie
Rags Ragland ...
Celia Travers ...
Hattie Lee
Lucien Littlefield ...
Corporal Lucken
Louis Mason ...
Deputy Lem
Mark Daniels ...
Martin Gordon
Pierre Watkin ...
Doctor
Emmett Vogan ...
Radio Producer
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Mr. Panky
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Storyline

Radio sleuth Wally "the Fox" Benton travels to Georgia with his fiance Carol to be married, and to help Carol's college chum Ellie Mae solve a mystery involving a murdered man, old Fort Dixon and buried treasure. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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fort | murder | brooch | arsenal | fiance | See more »

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime

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December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

'Salapoliisi' hädässä  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 17, 1943 with Red Skelton reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When The Fox finds the treasure chest, he holds up a coin and says, "Look, a $20 gold piece, 1839." The first $20 gold pieces were minted in 1850. See more »

Quotes

Wally 'The Fox' Benton: [after failing to walk through a wall] Pardon me. I thought I was Mr. Jordan!
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Connections

Follows Whistling in the Dark (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Whistled by a parrot and by Red Skelton
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One of the more amusing entries in the series...
9 November 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Although the slapstick is pretty heavy at times, especially toward the wild climactic scene that winds up the whole story, WHISTLING IN DIXIE has all the ingredients that made the Bob Hope films successful in the '40s, with Hope as the cowardly male lead being intimidated by gangster-type bullies.

Here it's RED SKELTON who seems to have inherited Hope's gag writers, because all of the jokes could just as well have been hand-me-downs from Hope during his heyday. Skelton plays "The Fox", a radio sleuth who solves impossible crimes, and is lured to Georgia by his girlfriend when one of her friends is in a dire situation requiring the kind of help "The Fox" can offer.

Lots of fun ensues when Skelton arrives at a spooky Georgian mansion, and some of the sight gags involving RAGS RAGLAND (in a twin role--one good, one bad), are quite funny although they tend to be overdone by the time the last reel is reached.

ANN RUTHERFORD has a flair for light comedy that makes her a good mate for Skelton and the rest of the cast goes along with the gags and pratfalls in a professional manner. DIANA LEWIS lays on the Southern accent a little too thick, but this is probably for comedy effect. GEORGE BANCROFT, GUY KIBBEE and PETER WHITNEY have fun with good supporting roles.

Summing up: Good fun, if you like these sort of slapstick murder mysteries.


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