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The Whistler (1944)

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A depressed man hires an assassin to kill him when he least expects it, but when his life takes an upward turn, he finds he now wishes to live.

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A man, despondent over the death of his wife, wants to commit suicide but can't bring himself to do it. He hires a man to hire a professional killer to do the job. However, he soon finds out that his wife isn't really dead - but the man he paid to hire the hitman is, and he has no idea who the man hired or how to get him to call off the hit. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Radio's Master of Mystery... NOW on the Screen!

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30 March 1944 (USA)  »

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Esta Noite Morrerás  »

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In the film, the deaf-mute young man, who passes the message to the contract killer, is shown reading a comic book. The cover (featuring Superman and Lois Lane) clearly identifies the issue as Superman #27. The release date of this comic was about January 5, 1944, so the scene could not have been shot before that date. And that date is probably too early, since comics were generally printed in the New Jersey area and then had to be shipped by train or truck around the country. It is likely that copies would not have appeared on Hollywood newsstands until the 8th or later, perhaps not until the 12th. Of course, the scene could have been shot several weeks later than that, as Superman was bimonthly at the time and new copies of that issue could have been found on the stands up to the first week of March 1944. However, a March date for filming the scene is not likely, since according to IMDb the finished film was released on March 30, 1944. So that scene was probably filmed between January 8th and February 29th, 1944. See more »

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Anyone Can Whistle?
24 October 2009 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Solid, low-budget film noirish yarn about a man who takes out a contract on himself and then through a reversal of fortune decides against it. The Whisteler open up the film with that delightfully creepy little tune and a brief narrative and the reigns are handed over to a competent corp of character actors(and Richard Dix and Gloria Stuart). Dix plays the lead well-enough though incredibly lethargically. He literally looks like he hasn't slept in days. Stuart is peppy and pretty in a smallish role, but J. Carrol Naish does an outstanding job as the contracted killer. He gives a layered performance is what was a truly difficult role. The film barely spans an hour and ten minutes or so but never lags. we get suspense, action, and answers rather quickly. The Whistler has a much more subdued role then what you would hear in the radio series. This film would go on to spawn many sequels and was one of the earliest directorial forays of horror icon William Castle. Castle, as always, does a more than workmanlike job.


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