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Director:
Writers:
Nat Perrin (screenplay)
Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
December 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
HE'S WHISTLING AGAIN! Red's newest is his funniest! (original print ad) See more »
Plot:
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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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:
Red Retires The Side See more (12 total) »

Cast

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

Did You Know?

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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Movie Connections:
References I Dood It (1943)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

FAQ

What are the movies in the "Whistling" series?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Red Retires The Side, 18 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Whistling in Brooklyn was the last of three films that Red Skelton did as Wally 'The Fox' Benton, radio criminologist who keeps getting drawn into these real life mysteries via his reputation. Why he didn't just say that he was just an actor playing a role would have saved him a whole lot of trouble. Then again we wouldn't Skelton's Fox films, made at MGM, and they're pretty funny.

Among other things he never quite gets around to is marrying gal pal Ann Rutherford. If another Fox film had been done I'm sure they'll have not done the deed yet again.

There are some murders going on in Brooklyn, the last one being that of a police detective and after each one someone sends the Brooklyn Standard (Eagle) a note as to where the body is and signs it 'Constant Reader'.

At the same time Skelton and his lunkhead man Friday Rag Ragland whom he picked up from the last Fox movie Whistling in Dixie decide that he ought to give out with the publicity stunt that Skelton is really the Constant Reader. That sets up one long chase where Skelton, Ragland, Rutherford, and snoopy reporter Jean Rogers get to solve it all literally on the fly.

Whistling in Brooklyn is a fast paced comedy that is nice and personal for me and for the aging fans of the former Brooklyn Dodgers. There is an extended sequence where Skelton has escaped from both cops and bad guys and has disguised himself as a member of the semi-pro team the Beavers who are playing an exhibition with the Dodgers and they all wear beards. There was a team called the House of David where the players were just like that, they all looked like Hassidic Jews. It was their gimmick and they were an attraction.

MGM did some location work in Brooklyn and such Dodgers as manager Leo Durocher and players like Arky Vaughn, Joe Medwick, Mickey Owen, Billy Herman and Dolph Camilli played themselves. Skelton disguised himself as the Beavers pitcher and took his place on the mound against these guys and retired the side after hitting the first three batters. You've got to see how he does it.

Later on when he's up pitcher Bobo Newsom administers some chin music to Skelton at the plate. Newsom was almost as natural born a performer as Durocher who with this film started hanging around with show business types the rest of his life. Newsom had some right-handed sidearm delivery as you'll see. Those shots of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field are definite treasures that any baseball fan must see.

To tell the truth, the plot is kind of dopey, but the laughs are real enough. For Skelton and baseball fans, a must.

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