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The fifth entry in the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", opens with kindly old music store owner Edward Stillwell (Paul E. Burns) hiring private detective Don Gale (Richard Dix) to find a girl Stillwell hasn't seen in seven years. Gale sends Freida Hanson (Helen Mowery') to pose as the missing Elora Lund (Pamela Blake), and she learns that some items left by Elora's mother are now extremely valuable before Harry Pontos (Mike Mazurki) comes into the room and kills Stillwell. He also kidnaps Freida but releases her when Don announces she is an impostor. With Freida's help, Gale locates Pontos' apartment, who is shot down in a gun battle with the arriving police. Gale returns to his place but is arrested by detectives Taggart and Burns and jailed. The detectives later find the real Elora, who has been in a sanitarium recovering from an accident. Gale is released and Elora is sent by the detectives to see if he will disclose why Stillwell was looking for her.... Written by
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"I may not be the greatest detective in the world...but I am the most unusual."
A nice old gentleman hires private detective Don Gale (Richard Dix) to find a girl named Elora Lund he hasn't seen in seven years. Gale tries to rip the old man off by sending an impostor to pose as Elora. But then the old man is murdered (in a surprisingly brutal scene) and Gale finds himself on the spot.
Another entertaining entry in Columbia's always-fun Whistler franchise. A contender for best in the series. Dix is terrific as the sleazeball private eye. Good supporting cast includes Barton MacLane, Mike Mazurki, Regis Toomey, and Charles Lane. Nice direction from William Castle. The plot in this one takes several twists and turns. It's a pretty good story, especially for a B movie. You should definitely check it out, even if you are new to The Whistler.
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