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The Power of the Whistler (1945)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 19 April 1945 (USA)
A woman uses a deck of cards to predict death within 24 hours for a stranger sitting at a bar, then tries to help him remember who he is based on items in his pockets.

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A woman uses a deck of cards to predict death within 24 hours for a stranger sitting at a bar, then tries to help him remember who he is based on items in his pockets.

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Radio's Mystery Man Will Hold YOU Spellbound!


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The signature whistling at the beginning of each of the Whistler movies was provided by Dorothy Roberts, backed by the theme's composer Wilbur Hatch and his orchestra. See more »

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Everest tells Jean that the train to Woodville leaves at 6:00 and arrives at 8:10. But later in the film, The Whistler says it leaves at 6:10 and arrives at 8:00. See more »

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Followed by The Thirteenth Hour (1947) See more »

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"How far is image from mirage? The two words sound alike."
28 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I really like The Whistler movies. Richard Dix plays a different role in each one. Sometimes he's a good guy, sometimes bad. The plot here has Dix as a man suffering from amnesia after being struck by a car. A woman (Janis Carter) playing around with tarot cards predicts death for Dix within 24 hours so she feels the need to warn him. She finds out he has lost his memory so she tries to help him figure out who he is so together they can prevent his death.

There is one part that amused me a great deal. It really has no significance to the plot or how much you will like the movie but I will share it anyway. During the first meeting of Dix and Carter, he feels faint so she opens a car door and they sit down in the back seat to talk. After their conversation, some guy gets in and is surprised to see them. He's the owner of the car! So the girl explains they just needed a place to sit down, to which the car owner replies "Oh okay" like it's perfectly normal. Then he offers to drive them some place! I don't know if this scene just shows how much times have changed or what, but it made me laugh when I watched it. I just can't see that scene playing out the same way in a movie today.

This is a fun B movie with some good performances and an interesting story. There are some bugs in the plot but nothing that detracts greatly from the entertainment level, at least for me. Fans of Dix and The Whistler series should like it a lot.


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