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Whistling in the Dark (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 8 August 1941 (USA)
Radio crime show host 'The Fox' along with his fiancée and ex-girlfriend are kidnapped by a larcenous cult who demand that he help them plan a perfect murder.

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

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Robert MacGunigle (screenplay), Harry Clork (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Skelton ... Wally Benton
Conrad Veidt ... Joseph Jones
Ann Rutherford ... Carol Lambert
Virginia Grey ... 'Fran' Post
Rags Ragland ... Sylvester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Henry O'Neill ... Philip Post
Eve Arden ... 'Buzz' Baker
Paul Stanton ... Jennings
Donald Douglas ... Gordon Thomas (as Don Douglas)
Don Costello ... 'Noose' Green
William Tannen ... Robert Graves
Reed Hadley ... Beau Smith
Mariska Aldrich Mariska Aldrich ... Hilda
Lloyd Corrigan ... Harvey Upshaw
George M. Carleton ... Deputy Commissioner O'Neill (as George Carleton)
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Storyline

The operators of 'Silver Haven', a cultish group bilking gullible rich people out of money, is set to inherit a large sum after the deceased woman's heir also dies. Leader Joesph Jones decides to hurry the process along and kidnaps Wally Benton, his fiance and a friend to further this goal. Wally is "The Fox", a radio sleuth who solves murders on the air. Jones wants him to devise a perfect murder and isn't above killing others sloppily along the way to get his foolproof murder plot. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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with RED SKELTON, comic of "Lady Be Good" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herdeiro em Apuros See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Chicago Saturday 2 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in Philadelphia it first aired 17 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles 25 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Altoona PA 12 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Minneapolis 19 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Norfolk VA 30 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Akron 24 September 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Phoenix 30 November 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in San Antonio 2 December 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in New Haven CT 12 December 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Honolulu 10 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in San Francisco 28 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 7 February 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Buzz Baker: Well, I feel like a new woman. In fact, I feel like a new man. Bring me a telephone book.
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A great comedy mystery film!
4 May 2004 | by beatlesfavbandSee all my reviews

While many pass this off as a B movie it is, indeed, a first class comedy that is well-written and acted. Red Skelton is great as Wally Benton better known to radio fans as The Fox. Ann Rutherford is perfect as Wally's fiance Carol Lambert. Conrad Veidt leads a very well cast gang of criminals. I read one account of this movie which states that Vincente Minelli directed this film, not unless he changed his name to S. Sylvan Simon, who directed all three of the Fox movies. This is a very entertaining film made when imagination was encouraged. So get over your black and white prejudice if you have one, sit back and enjoy a truly great comedy. This was also Red's first starring role. Take note during the climax of the reference to Orson Welles' War Of the Worlds broadcast.


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