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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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Jean Rogers ...
Jean Pringle
Rags Ragland ...
Chester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Grover Kendall
Henry O'Neill ...
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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HE'S WHISTLING AGAIN! Red's newest is his funniest! (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

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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Connections

References The Thin Man (1934) 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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You forget how funny movies used to be!
9 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course there's a lot of slapstick, juvenile jokes, and near pushing the envelope humor, but more than occasional real zinger routines made me actually laugh out loud, (a real rarity). In all the decades,(too many to tell) I've watched movies, I'd never seen a stunt as good as the one in the elevator shaft. Trick 1943 photography or fantastic stunt doubles, whatever, that was real nail biting entertainment. Rags Ragland had great lines. This must have been his best role. Great to see Ebbetts Field again, especially Abe Stark's sign in right field (Hit sign, win suit). I'm a reanimated Red Skelton fan!

Henceforth, I'm going to be on the lookout for any old Skelton movie.


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