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Whistling in Brooklyn (1943)

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:

HIS NEWEST and FUNNIEST! RED SKELTON whistled in the dark, than he dood it in Dixie. He's whistling again in a roaring NEW screenful of merriment and murder! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El zorro See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Brooklyn Dodger players Max Macon, Alex Kampouris, Ray Hayworth, Pat Ankenman, Newt Kimball and Hal Peck were reported (by the New York Times) to be cast in the movie as baseball players, with some of them as "Beaver" players. A few of them had left the Brooklyn Dodgers by the time this film was released. See more »

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The gangsters talk about taking Rutherford, Rogers and Ragland to the dock on Leighton Street. When Skelton arrives the scene says Leighton Ave. 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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Follows Whistling in the Dark (1941) 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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Too much slapstick in this still amusing Skelton comedy...
9 November 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The overabundance of physical comedy in WHISTLING IN BROOKLYN is staggering. Most memorable moment has four of the principals hanging from an empty elevator shaft, each hanging on the the other for dear life and managing, somehow, to swing to safety at another level. It's probably the trickiest bit of physical comedy in the whole film, but the story requires a constant display of these sort of antics from its stars.

Once again, RED SKELTON is "The Fox", this time anxious to clear himself of a murder the mob is responsible for--with Red being mistaken for "The Constant Reader" due to a remark made by his chauffeur RAGS RAGLAND to newspaper reporter JEAN ROGERS. So, instead of going off on his honeymoon with ANN RUTHERFORD, Red is forced to spend the entire film on the lam from the police and the mob until he clears himself after a hilarious ball game at Ebbets Field with the N.Y. Dodgers, including Leo Durocher.

The slapstick is poured on so thick, it almost feels like a silent comedy with Buster Keaton at times. The storyline is slim, the gags fast and furious, and all of it is so far-fetched that it will strain the tolerance of some viewers.

But it does show that Red was a gifted comedian and that ANN RUTHERFORD and JEAN ROGERS were good sports to put up with all the shenanigans and stunts required of the cast--and both of them, by the way, show a flair for physical comedy.

But--not one of the best in the "Whistling" series.


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