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The Power of the Whistler (1945)

 -  Thriller  -  19 April 1945 (USA)
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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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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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Corny but fun, with an evil Richard Dix
2 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Power of the Whistler" is notable for the quite interesting acting of the aging Richard Dix. At the beginning of the movie, he plays a genuinely friendly and cornily charming fellow with amnesia, not knowing who he is. But slowly, as he comes to remember his past, his dark side begins to reassert itself; and the great fun comes in watching how his face begins to register such diabolical hatred and evil that he becomes quite frightening. A great job by the hulking Richard Dix (it is also really funny how different characters must repeatedly keep referring to how "handsome" he is).

The other think that makes this film so enjoyable is how absolutely unrealistic and inane so much of the dialogue is. For example, in the beginning of the movie Janis Carter's character is trying to help a dizzy Richard Dix, as he has just been hit by a car. Looking for a place to sit, she suggests they sit in the back seat of nearby parked car, hilariously remarking, "I'm sure the owner won't mind"! And when the owner does return moments later to find two strangers in his car, he immediately accepts their explanation, and even offers to drive them somewhere! The film is full of delightful morsels such as this.

As an aside, fans of the Three Stooges will recognize Kenneth MacDonald, who plays the warden of a mental hospital. MacDonald served as the heavy in numerous late "Shemp" films.

To be honest, enjoyable as the film is, its not very tight, and, frankly, the timing of the various strands of plot don't really fit. But, at a run time of barely over an hour, those faults don't really matter.


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