1 user 1 critic

Whispering Smith Speaks (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 15 May 1935 (USA)
Railroad president's son learns the business by starting as a track walker. He alerts a girl he meets that her land contains valuable minerals.


David Howard


Frank H. Spearman (story), Daniel Jarrett (screenplay) (as Dan Jarrett) | 3 more credits »


Learn more

More Like This 

Moss Rose (1947)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set in turn-of-the-century London, a woman trying to solve the mystery of a friend's murder finds that she may be the next victim.

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Stars: Peggy Cummins, Victor Mature, Ethel Barrymore
Joe MacBeth (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Paul Douglas, Ruth Roman, Bonar Colleano
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ten years of married life beginning in 1925. Mary stands by Jack after the Depression of 1929 but considers divorce when he again becomes successful by 1935. Bill, who loves Mary, works at ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Ian Hunter
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Among the simple fisher-folk of a little island off the west coast of Scotland lives MacTavish, head of a clan. Here he rules as a chieftain and his word is law. One day a hurricane sweeps ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Tourneur
Stars: Mary Pickford, Matt Moore, Warren Cook
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Melville W. Brown
Stars: Jean Hersholt, Alice Joyce, George J. Lewis
Wagon Tracks (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Buckskin Hamilton guides a wagon train across the wasteland, caring well for the pioneers he escorts, but hoping to solve the murder of his brother by one of the travellers.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: William S. Hart, Jane Novak, Robert McKim
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Grandfather is sick and the family and his lawyer gather around waiting for him to die. When he receives a telegram from his disinherited son, Charles, he passes out and a nurse, Sarah, ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Lyle Talbot
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sophisticated comedy: a trio of money hungry women who all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Each woman represents a different ... See full summary »

Director: Lowell Sherman
Stars: Joan Blondell, Madge Evans, Ina Claire
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

During World War I a young man joins the army and winds up befriending another young recruit, not knowing that it's the same pickpocket who stole his watch. After finishing basic training, ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Wallace Beery, Raymond Hatton, Mary Brian
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

School teacher Virginia King, annoyed by the unwanted attentions from Mesa City sheriff Jud Cronin, resigns and departs for Yuma. Her stagecoach is attacked by a gang led be Cronin's ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Leon Ames
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A corrupt art patron finds himself in love with the same girl as his stepson.

Director: Wilfred Noy
Stars: Lila Lee, Gareth Hughes, Dolores Cassinelli
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Conrad Warrener, a man of near middle-age, reflects nostalgically on the happy times of his youth and decides to recapture them. However, what he learns about the "second time around" is ... See full summary »

Director: William C. de Mille
Stars: Thomas Meighan, Mabel Van Buren, Mayme Kelso


Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Gordon Harrington, Jr. aka John 'Whispering' Smith
Irene Ware ... Nan Roberts
Kenneth Thomson ... J. Wesley Hunt
Maude Allen Maude Allen ... Mrs. Roberts
Spencer Charters ... Cal Stone
Victor Potel ... Bill Prouty
Edward Keane ... Rebstock
Frank Sheridan ... Gordon Harrington, Sr.
William V. Mong ... Blake
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... C. Luddington Colfax


Convinced that he will never learn railroading in the Detroit offices of the mighty Transcontinental system, headed by his father, Gordon Harrington, Gordon Harrington Jr takes to the road. He soon comes to be known as "Whispering Smith" because he lowers his voice when he becomes excited. After weeks or hard railroading work, he becomes track walker for the antiquated Blake line, and is attracted to its general manager, Nan Roberts. Rebstock, a representative of Transcontinental attempts to buy Nan's farm when he learns that it contains tungsten ore. He is trying to work the deal through J. Wesley Hunt, who is also romancing Nan. "Smith" investigates and soon discovers the truth behind the offer with the aid of his two old cronies, Bill Prouty and Cal Stone. He makes it impossible for Nan to close the deal, but Hunt takes her to Detroit where he hopes to close the deal. Quickly securing an option on the Blake line, "Smith" takes a Transcon engine and races it through the signals to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Here's the excitement of taking a death curve at ninety! Here's the romance of open spaces! Here's your favorite star in a new and surprising role! See more »


Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

15 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kri ni voda See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Los Angeles Sunday 25 January 1948 on DuMont Television Network's KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York Saturday 28 January 1950 on DuMont's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Terrific little film
26 October 2005 | by Damfino1895See all my reviews

I sat down to watch this film not really knowing what to expect and what a lovely surprise it was, the only thing wrong was the quality of the DVD, there were clearly some small bits missing, possibly from the end of the reels, but it was not so bad as to mar the viewing of this great little film. Gordon Harrington is the son of a railroad magnate who is given little to do in his fathers business beyond rubber stamping letters. Disatisfied he decided to head out west and become the line walker for a small railroad line who's general manager is a woman who unwittingly owns a lucrative piece of land which she thinks is worthless, she has been offered $15000 for it which she is eager to take. Gordon, who is known as John Smith realises that there is more to this than meets the eye and realises he needs to help the girl and her mother. Anyway, George O'Brien gives a wonderfully light hearted performance, showing a lovely flair for humour with a very personable screen presence, he was wasted in so many of the B westerns he made. Irene Ware is also very good as the first girl who could make a big mistake, all the cast were excellent with the exception of the actress who played the mother, she was extremely amateurish, but, she is not in the movie enough for it to make a difference. Cal and Bill, the two engineers who run the train on the small line were great fun as a double act and in the scene where the engine is racing to Denver (not Detroit as stated in the plot synopsis)you can see O'Brien and the actor playing Bill were having a whale of a time. Not a big budget blockbuster, but, very entertaining all the same, see it if you get the chance. And, no, for once O'Brien doesn't get his shirt off.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed