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"Omnibus" Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

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Original Air Date:
7 May 1968 (Season 1, Episode 17)
A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Michael Hordern ... Professor Parkins
Ambrose Coghill ... Colonel
George Woodbridge ... Hotel proprietor
Nora Gordon ... Proprietress
Freda Dowie ... Maid

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jonathan Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
M.R. James  story "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"
M.R. James 
Jonathan Miller  adaptation

Produced by
Jonathan Miller .... producer
Cinematography by
Dick Bush 
Film Editing by
Pam Bosworth 
Production Design by
Judy Steel  (as Judy Steele)
Costume Design by
Kenneth Morey  (as Ken Morey)
Makeup Department
Eileen Mair .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Ron Hooper .... sound
John Ramsay .... sound
Other crew
Sheila Lally .... assistant to director
Paul Stone .... assistant to director
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

42 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

'Omnibus' was an arts programme that usually consisted of documentary material. This is one of the comparatively rare occasions when the entire programme was devoted to a single dramatisation, although there is a brief introductory voiceover describing the career and interests of M R James, on whose story the production is based.See more »
Continuity: The isolated headstone by the cliff's edge where Professor Parkins discovers the whistle is the exact same as the overgrown one seen in the foreground when he arrives at the cemetery.See more »
Professor Parkins:There are more things in philosophy than are dreamt of in heaven and earth.See more »
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre but watchable, 9 September 2002
Author: gnb from Berlin

"Whistle and I'll Come to You" is a real oddity.

This video was released by the BFI as part of its new Archive TV series along with "The Stone Tape". While "The Stone Tape" is instantly accessible sci-fi drama this is a different story altogether.

Written by M.R. James, "Whistle" tells the rather sad story of a bachelor lecturer who enjoys a holiday by the sea. While out on his travels, the man comes across an old wooden whistle which he proceeds to blow. From this point forward his nights are restless, his dreams full of weird visions of something chasing him.

This paranormal drama is well directed by Johnathan Miller on wonderfully grainy 16mm film. Indeed the stock is so scratchy as to render the sheet, chasing the professor along the beach, almost unrecognisable.

Michael Horden's wonderfully understated performance complements the stark, dreary beach scenes very well. Horden, playing here an introverted bachelor with no capacity for conversation, is a revelation, particularly in the chilling final scene which cleverly mixes slow-mo film with distorted sound effects.

"Whistle" certainly takes a while to get used to. In this day and age, a film with such a slow pace would never get released and it's more or less over before it's started, but give it a shot and watch and re-watch to appreciate this mysterious gem.

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