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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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Alice Walker
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Storyline

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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Mystery | Thriller

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30 March 1944 (USA)  »

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Esta Noite Morrerás  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

While the killer is lying on the bed perusing his book on Fear of Death, a cigarette suddenly appears in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

The Bum in the Next Bed: Rats in this place as big as beavers. They won't hurt ya... but you're liable to trip over them in the dark.
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Faithful to the Radio Series
25 March 2003 | by (Santa Clarita, CA) – See all my reviews

Fans of the radio series will not be dissapointed by this little gem of a thriller. Richard Dix gives a great performance as a man who puts a contract out on his own life. He is upset because he has not gotten over his wife drowning in the Pacific Ocean on a vacation three years ago. He then gets a wire saying his wife is alive, will be home soon, and now has to hurry and stop the contract. The only thing this was missing that was common in the radio play was a suprise ending. Very often in the radio series, it was never a question of whodunit, as it was often told through the killer's point of view, but it was how they were going to trip themselves up or get caught. And it was always with a twist.


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