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Nat Perrin (screenplay)
Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
December 1943 (USA) See more »
HE'S WHISTLING AGAIN! Red's newest is his funniest! (original print ad) See more »
Radio crime show host "The Fox" finds himself on the trail of a serial killer while a suspect himself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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)

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Too much slapstick in this still amusing Skelton comedy... See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Red Skelton ... Wally 'The Fox' Benton

Ann Rutherford ... Carol Lambert
Jean Rogers ... Jean Pringle
Rags Ragland ... Chester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)

Ray Collins ... Grover Kendall
Henry O'Neill ... Inspector Holcomb

William Frawley ... 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)

Howard Freeman ... Steve Conlon
Tom Dillon ... Manager of the Beavers
The Brooklyn Dodgers ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Ankenman ... Baseball Player (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Morris Ankrum ... Blake - Newspaper Editor (uncredited)

William Bishop ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Announcer (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Lionel Bohn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Painter (uncredited)
Dolph Camilli ... Himself (uncredited)
Jack Carrington ... Reporter (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Henchman Fingers (uncredited)
Hilda Chester ... Extra as Brooklyn Dodger Fan (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Clancy Cooper ... Police Officer Slocum (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Drunk (uncredited)
Divonna Doxie ... Radio Quartette Member (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Brooklyn Dodger Fan (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Policeman Serving Coffee (uncredited)
Leo Durocher ... Himself (uncredited)
Mary Elliott ... Veronica Lake Lookalike (uncredited)

Billy Engle ... Balloon Vendor (uncredited)
Happy Felton ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ... Newsboy (uncredited)
William Haade ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Larry Harris ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Baseball Game Announcer (uncredited)
Ray Hayworth ... Baseball Player (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Henchman Joey (uncredited)
Billy Herman ... Himself (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Suspicious Man (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alex Kampouris ... Baseball Player (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Donald Kerr ... Taxi Driver #1 (uncredited)
Newt Kimball ... Baseball Player (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Carrie Koshnik ... Extra as Brooklyn Dodger Fan (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Mitchell Lewis ... Bearded Baseball Spectator (uncredited)
Walter Luedke ... Kid (uncredited)
Max Macon ... Baseball Player (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
George Magrill ... Brooklyn Dodger Fan (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... Henchman on Ship (uncredited)
Kay Medford ... Phone Operator (uncredited) (voice)
Joe 'Ducky' Medwick ... Himself (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Officer (uncredited)
Sue Moore ... Tough Girl (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Reporter (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bobo Newsom ... Himself (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Taxi Driver #2 (uncredited)
Mickey Owen ... Himself (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Workman (uncredited)
Hal Peck ... Baseball Player (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Gil Perkins ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Frank Pittman ... Sound Effects Man (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Beavers Trainer (uncredited)
Loretta Rush ... Confused Matron (uncredited)
Harry Saz ... Assistant Sound Effects Man (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Henchman Joe (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Christine Stafford ... Radio Quartette Member (uncredited)
Freddie Steele ... Brooklyn Dodger Fan (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Gumbatz (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Henchman Harry (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Henchman Dutch (uncredited)
Robert Sully ... Assistant Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Traded Beaver Baseall Player (uncredited)
Richard Thorne ... Brooklyn Dodger Fan (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Fan (uncredited)
Florence Turner ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Gateman (uncredited)
Arky Vaughan ... Himself (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Radio Producer (uncredited)
John Wald ... Studio Announcer (uncredited)
James Warren ... Sound Man (uncredited)
Barbara Whitson ... Radio Quartette Member (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Office Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Wilson ... Radio Quartette Member (uncredited)

Robert Winkler ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Rudy Wissler ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Grant Withers ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lillian Yarbo ... Maid (uncredited)

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

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

Stanley Roberts  contributor to treatment and screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
George Haight .... producer
Original Music by
George Bassman 
Cinematography by
Lester White (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Production Management
Keith Weeks .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl McEvoy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mildred Griffiths .... associate set decorator
Jack Martin Smith .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
John F. Dullam .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Lennie Hayton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sol Kaplan .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9430) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Wally 'The Fox' Benton:[referring to suitcase] Put that bag in the car.
Chester:You can't talk to Miss Pringle like that.
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Movie Connections:
References The Thin Man (1934)See more »
Auld Lang SyneSee more »


What are the movies in the "Whistling" series?
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Too much slapstick in this still amusing Skelton comedy..., 9 November 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The overabundance of physical comedy in WHISTLING IN BROOKLYN is staggering. Most memorable moment has four of the principals hanging from an empty elevator shaft, each hanging on the the other for dear life and managing, somehow, to swing to safety at another level. It's probably the trickiest bit of physical comedy in the whole film, but the story requires a constant display of these sort of antics from its stars.

Once again, RED SKELTON is "The Fox", this time anxious to clear himself of a murder the mob is responsible for--with Red being mistaken for "The Constant Reader" due to a remark made by his chauffeur RAGS RAGLAND to newspaper reporter JEAN ROGERS. So, instead of going off on his honeymoon with ANN RUTHERFORD, Red is forced to spend the entire film on the lam from the police and the mob until he clears himself after a hilarious ball game at Ebbets Field with the N.Y. Dodgers, including Leo Durocher.

The slapstick is poured on so thick, it almost feels like a silent comedy with Buster Keaton at times. The storyline is slim, the gags fast and furious, and all of it is so far-fetched that it will strain the tolerance of some viewers.

But it does show that Red was a gifted comedian and that ANN RUTHERFORD and JEAN ROGERS were good sports to put up with all the shenanigans and stunts required of the cast--and both of them, by the way, show a flair for physical comedy.

But--not one of the best in the "Whistling" series.

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