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Whistling in Dixie (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery, Crime | December 1942 (USA)
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.



(screenplay), (additional dialogue) (as Wilkie Mahoney)

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Complete credited cast:
Sheriff Claude Stagg
Judge George Lee
Diana Lewis ...
Ellamae Downs
Peter Whitney ...
Frank V. Bailie
Celia Travers ...
Hattie Lee
Corporal Lucken
Louis Mason ...
Deputy Lem
Mark Daniels ...
Martin Gordon
Emmett Vogan ...
Radio Producer
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Mr. Panky


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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Release Date:

December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

'Salapoliisi' hädässä  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"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 »


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 »


Carol Lambert: Don't be such a coward!
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: Who's a coward? I'm as brave as they go, and I'm going.
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Anvil Chorus
(1853) (uncredited)
from "Il Trovatore"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Variations in the score during the fight
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Y'all Ain't Just........................
18 July 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Whistling in Dixie finds Red Skelton as radio detective the Fox and gal pal Ann Rutherford away in Georgia where Red's kind of faked an illness so he and Rutherford can get away and maybe get married down there. Rutherford has another agenda as well. Her old sorority sister Diana Lewis has sent her a pre-arranged signal that the sisters have in one needs help.

Finding out that there is a five day waiting period in Georgia, the two of them get involved in a mystery where Lewis has witnessed a murder, but no body can be found. It all leads to some buried Confederate treasure in an old arsenal guarded by Civil War veteran Lucien Littlefield who's a might addled.

Rags Ragland appears here as twins, both are convicts, one quite a bit nastier than the other. This film marked the farewell performance of George Bancroft as the sheriff who retired right after Whistling In Dixie was in the can.

And of course unless you got Raymond Walburn, no film like this would be complete without Guy Kibbee as an expansive, mint julep drinking, son of the South colonel.

With that kind of cast, this film can't miss being funny and the comedy is eternal.

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