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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:
(4 articles)
"Gone With The Wind" Actress Dies
 (From Huffington Post. 12 June 2012, 9:51 AM, PDT)

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)

User Reviews:
The Fox in Georgia See more (9 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 I Dood It (1943)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

FAQ

What are the movies in the "Whistling" series?
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Fox in Georgia, 17 June 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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