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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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Inspector Holcomb
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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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Steve Conlon
Tom Dillon ...
Manager of the Beavers
The Brooklyn Dodgers ...
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Storyline

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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December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gangsterjagd in Brooklyn  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Brooklyn Dodger players Max Macon, Alex Kampouris, Ray Hayworth, Pat Ankenman, Newt Kimball and Hal Peck were reported (by the New York Times) to be cast in the movie as baseball players, with some of them as "Beaver" players. A few of them had left the Brooklyn Dodgers by the time this film was released. 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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Connections

Follows Whistling in Dixie (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"Try and land on your head so it'll break the fall."
21 November 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The third and final movie in the Wally "The Fox" Benton series starring Red Skelton. In this one, Wally and sweetheart Carol (Ann Rutherford) are still trying to get married. Their plans are interrupted by the police thinking Wally is a killer. So Wally, Carol, and Chester (Rags Ragland) all find themselves on the run from the cops. Along for the ride is a reporter (Jean Rogers) trying to get a story.

Red's funny as usual. Ann gets less to do and not as many funny lines as the previous two movies. Rags Ragland, the only constant in the series besides the two leads, is hilarious here. The scene arguing with the telephone operator is a hoot. Other highlights are the elevator shaft scene and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Good cast includes William Frawley, Henry O'Neill, Sam Levene, and Ray Collins. Each movie in the series had a second prominent female actress behind Ann Rutherford. This time it's the very likable Jean Rogers. This was Rutherford's last film on her MGM contract. She would continue acting for decades and even have decent roles in a couple of big movies. But, for the most part, her career trajectory started to decline after she left MGM. Which is a shame. It's a fun movie, better than the second but not as good as the first. Skelton fans will no doubt enjoy it.


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