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Whispering Ghosts (1942)

An actor who plays a detective on a radio show and his sidekick get it into their heads to try to solve a murder that had been committed several years previously.


Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)


Lou Breslow, Philip MacDonald (story)


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Cast overview:
Milton Berle ... H.H. Van Buren
Brenda Joyce ... Elizabeth Woods
John Shelton ... David Courtland
John Carradine ... Norbert (Long Jack)
Willie Best ... Euclid Brown
Edmund MacDonald ... Jerry Gilpin
Arthur Hohl ... Inspector Norris
Grady Sutton ... Jonathan Flack
Milton Parsons ... Dr. Walter Bascomb
Abner Biberman ... Mack Wolf
Renie Riano ... Meg (Stella) (as Rene Riano)
Charles Halton ... Attorney Mark Gruber
Harry Hayden ... Conroy


An actor who plays a detective on a radio show and his sidekick get it into their heads to try to solve a murder that had been committed several years previously.

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actor | radio | murder | See All (3) »


Comedy | Mystery







Release Date:

21 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantasmas de broma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brenda Joyce replaced Lynn Bari. See more »


References Moby Dick (1930) See more »

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Not really what I expected.
24 July 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Whispering Ghosts" was an odd movie because although it stars Milton Berle, he isn't very much like you'd expect. While this comedian made his name on stage with his almost encyclopedic knowledge of jokes (a few were even his own), here he isn't exactly doing comedy. And, in fact, sometimes he seems more like a macho hero type! This was definitely NOT what I expected to see!

The film is a murder mystery film--very much a staple of B movies of the era. In this case, H.H. Van Buren (Berle) has a radio show and through it ends up getting caught up in a murder mystery and hunt for stolen diamonds aboard an old, possibly haunted, boat. On hand to help him is Willie Best--who played pretty much the same sort of role in a similar film, Bob Hope's "Ghost Breakers". The only problem is that while Best's character KNOWS bad things are afoot, Van Buren actually thinks it's all an act and that he's not in any danger at all.

Overall, this is a mildly interesting film but mostly of interest as a curiosity because it stars Berle...even if he doesn't seem much like Berle here. Nothing outstanding in any way...just a very typical B- mystery with an atypical sort of leading man.

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