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Whistling in Brooklyn (1943)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  December 1943 (USA)
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Radio crime show host "The Fox" finds himself on the trail of a serial killer while a suspect himself.

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Grover Kendall
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Detective Ramsey
Sam Levene ...
Creeper
Arthur Space ...
Detective MacKenzie
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Detective Leo Finnigan (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Steven Geray ...
Whitey (as Steve Geray)
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Tom Dillon ...
Manager of the Beavers
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Wally Benton, "The Fox," master detective on radio, is about to go with his sweetheart to Niagara Falls in order to get married. Unknown to him, his valet has told a newspaper reporter that Benton is "Constant Reader," someone who has sent information to newspapers about murdered people and where to find their bodies, thus making the police look bad. The police are sure that "Constant Reader" is the murderer himself, since no one else could know all of the details. And so they begin a chase after Benton, a chase which leads to old abandoned warehouses and old abandoned mansions. Wally is being chased not only by the police but also by the real "Constant Reader." Can he save his girl, his assistant, and the reporter and solve the crime before either the villain or the police, who have been told to shoot on sight, kill them all? Written by Jim Knoppow <jknoppow@sttl.uswest.net>

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HIS NEWEST and FUNNIEST! RED SKELTON whistled in the dark, than he dood it in Dixie. He's whistling again in a roaring NEW screenful of merriment and murder! (original print ad) See more »


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Last movie Ann Rutherford made with MGM studios. See more »

Quotes

Chester: [referring to elevator brake] Hey, Boss, this thing is loose!
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: Well, don't take it off! The elevator'll fall!
Chester: Ah, I did the same thing in jail one time, and the elevator didn't fall.
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: It didn't huh? That's against the law of gravity!
Chester: That was before the law was passed.
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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
In the score with sounds produced by the saw Wally uses to deflect objects thrown at him
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Funny entry into the Skelton series
20 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Released in 1943, "Whistling in Brooklyn" is the last of the films which starred Red Skelton as radio detective Wally "The Fox" Benton who gets involved in real-life murders. All he wants to do is marry his girlfriend (Ann Rutherford), but something always delays the wedding. Jean Rogers as a reporter and Rags Ragland appear in this "Whistling." This film concerns a serial killer named 'Constant Reader' who is killing people in Brooklyn. Wally falls under suspicion and tries to solve the crime and escape the police at the same time.

In one sequence, Wally disguises himself as a ball player on a bearded team playing an exhibition with the Brooklyn Dodgers; he has to go out and play a game, while trying to get a message to the police. Some of the Dodgers appeared - Leo Durocher, Arky Vaughn, Joe Medwick, etc. Fun for old-time baseball fans who remember these players.

Skelton can be corny, and some of his humor in this is groan-worthy. But the pace is fast, there are some funny bits, and when Skelton is being serious, he's actually quite sweet and natural. Ann Rutherford is adorable as his girlfriend.

Good fun.


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