The Whistler: Season 1, Episode 3

Backfire (14 Oct. 1954)

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A chauffeur become bitter when the romance he has been having fails. He plans a way to get revenge, but a strange twist produces a result far beyond anyone's expectation.

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Carl (as Lon Chaney)
Dorothy Green ...
Amy Pearson
Dayton Lummis ...
Arnold Pearson
Will J. White ...
Terry Larkin
Roy Engel ...
Joe the Mechanic
Dorothy Neumann ...
Martha
Howard Negley ...
Lt. Henry
William Forman ...
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A chauffeur become bitter when the romance he has been having fails. He plans a way to get revenge, but a strange twist produces a result far beyond anyone's expectation.

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Lon Chaney in his one appearance on THE WHISTLER
24 October 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

THE WHISTLER ran for only one season, which at that time meant 39 episodes, and this third entry from Oct 14 1954 is a nifty one starring Lon Chaney as ex con Carl, who has spent the past year earning a living as chauffeur to wealthy wife Amy Pearson (Dorothy Green), whose husband Arnold (Dayton Lummis) spends much time away on business. Once Amy begins dining out with Carl at a swanky nightclub he eventually becomes infatuated with her, only to learn that she's interested not in him but with nightclub pianist Terry Larkin (Will J. White). Arnold Pearson soon hears rumors of his wife having an affair, but doesn't suspect Carl, whom he confides in as a trusted ally. The jilted Carl forms a vengeful plan to incriminate Amy, after the mechanic (Roy Engel) makes a chance remark about keeping an eye on the speedometer. Everything seems to go according to plan, but there's a surprise twist that proves most intriguing, this show virtually paving the way for the better known Hitchcock series to come. Fans of the radio series or the 8 film Columbia series, seven starring Richard Dix, may find this TV incarnation quite satisfying. A solid effort from Lon Chaney, still rather new to television, but over the next decade extremely prolific.


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