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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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PUCKER UP!...and join the fun as the Radio crime buster becomes a belly-buster of laughs in the film's screamingest fun-fest! 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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Crooked sheriff George Bancroft mentions to crooked D.A. Peter Whitney how they "growed up together." Bancroft was 60 when the film was released, but Whitney was only 26. See more »

Quotes

Wally 'The Fox' Benton: [Looking a beetle-shaped brooch] What I've always wanted... a Japanese beetle!
Carol Lambert: What makes you think it's a Japanese beetle?
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: It's got a yellow belly.
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References One Foot in Heaven (1941) See more »

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The Fox in Georgia
17 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Red Skelton and Ann Rutherford are "Whistling in Dixie" in this 1942 programmer also starring Guy Kibbee and Rags Ragland (in a dual role). Skelton played the role of Wally Benton a couple of times. On radio, Benton is "The Fox," a detective, but in his private life he gets dragged into real mysteries as well. This one is at the behest of a friend of his fiancé's (Rutherford) who asks them to come to Georgia to investigate a murder.

There are some funny moments in this film, but it's rather silly, with a lot of corny jokes, funny faces from Skelton and slapstick. Actually Skelton is much better when he's straightforward - he comes off as sweet, sincere and natural.

Some of the supporting cast has the worst southern accents I've ever heard. It's hard to blame them, though, because these types of films were made very quickly. I'm sure they had no dialect coach. However, the horrible accents were very distracting.

Okay, but "The Fox" isn't one of my favorite detectives.


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