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Whistling in Brooklyn (1943)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Crime | December 1943 (USA)
Radio crime show host "The Fox" finds himself on the trail of a serial killer while a suspect himself.

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Nat Perrin (story and screenplay), Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue) (as Wilkie Mahoney)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Wally 'The Fox' Benton
Ann Rutherford ... Carol Lambert
Jean Rogers ... Jean Pringle
Rags Ragland ... Chester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Ray Collins ... Grover Kendall
Henry O'Neill ... Inspector Holcomb
William Frawley ... Detective Ramsey
Sam Levene ... Creeper
Arthur Space ... Detective MacKenzie
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Leo Finnigan (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Steven Geray ... Whitey (as Steve Geray)
Howard Freeman ... Steve Conlon
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Manager of the Beavers
The Brooklyn Dodgers The Brooklyn Dodgers ... Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Team
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Storyline

Wally Benton, "The Fox," master detective on radio, is about to go with his sweetheart to Niagara Falls in order to get married. Unknown to him, his valet has told a newspaper reporter that Benton is "Constant Reader," someone who has sent information to newspapers about murdered people and where to find their bodies, thus making the police look bad. The police are sure that "Constant Reader" is the murderer himself, since no one else could know all of the details. And so they begin a chase after Benton, a chase which leads to old abandoned warehouses and old abandoned mansions. Wally is being chased not only by the police but also by the real "Constant Reader." Can he save his girl, his assistant, and the reporter and solve the crime before either the villain or the police, who have been told to shoot on sight, kill them all? Written by Jim Knoppow <jknoppow@sttl.uswest.net>

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Taglines:

HE'S WHISTLING AGAIN! Red's newest is his funniest! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El zorro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 16 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 5 May 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 13 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally, by New York City 21 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

During the struggle on the ship, Jean and Chester have practically freed themselves from the chains as Wally's head is being put in a vice, but in the next shot of the pair, they have more chains around them both. See more »

Quotes

Chester: [upside down] Help! Help! hey, all the blood pressure's to my head!
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: Well, there's plenty of room for it!
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Connections

References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
In the score with sounds produced by the saw Wally uses to deflect objects thrown at him
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Rags and Red Bring A Lot Of Laughs
23 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

If you like old-fashioned corny humor you'll love this. I'm hesitant to give a movie this silly, corny and stupid eight stars but I had to because overall it was fun to watch and provided a number of genuine laughs. In fact, some of the scenes were downright hilarious. A lot of it is innocent old-time slapstick and, if it entertains, it did its job.

This was my first look at early Red Skelton films (I had only known him through his TV show) and it reminded of some Bob Hope films except this one had more slapstick and action.

It inspired me to go out and buy other Skelton comedies on VHS but, unfortunately, none ever measured up to this one. The real star of film might not have been Skelton, anyway, as Rags Ragland, playing the chauffeur, had perhaps the highest percentage of funny lines. The baseball scene in here also was very good.

Yes, this is stupid, generally-speaking, but it's really entertaining. If only two people have reviewed it (as of my review) then apparently a lot of people haven't seen this. That's too bad, especially with the older crowd, because they've missed a funny movie.


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