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Director:
Writers:
Nat Perrin (screenplay)
Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
December 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Ann Rutherford obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 12 June 2012, 9:06 AM, PDT)

Ann Rutherford: Gone With The Wind Actress Dies
 (From Alt Film Guide. 12 June 2012, 2:10 AM, PDT)

[DVD Review] Red Skelton Whistling Collection
 (From JustPressPlay. 28 June 2010, 9:30 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
One of the more amusing entries in the series... See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Red Skelton ... Wally 'The Fox' Benton

Ann Rutherford ... Carol Lambert
George Bancroft ... Sheriff Claude Stagg
Guy Kibbee ... Judge George Lee
Diana Lewis ... Ellamae Downs
Peter Whitney ... Frank V. Bailie
Rags Ragland ... Chester Conway / Sylvester 'Lester' Conway (as '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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Abbott ... Attendant (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Deputy Police Commissioner (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Sound Effects Man (uncredited)
Charles Lung ... Brunner (uncredited)

Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... The Black Boy (uncredited)
John Wald ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
S. Sylvan Simon 
 
Writing credits
Nat Perrin (screenplay)

Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue) (as Wilkie Mahoney)

Lawrence Hazard  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Jonathan Latimer  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
George Haight .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton 
 
Cinematography by
Clyde De Vinna (director of photography) (as Clyde DeVinna)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns) (as Shoup)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hayes Goetz .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
F. Keogh Gleason .... associate set decorator (as Keogh Gleason)
Gabriel Scognamillo .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8663)

Did You Know?

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:
Factual errors: 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
References One Foot in Heaven (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

FAQ

What are the movies in the "Whistling" series?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of the more amusing entries in the series..., 9 November 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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