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The Whistler (1944)

A depressed man hires an assassin to kill him when he least expects it, but when his life takes an upward turn, he finds he now wishes to live.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

J. Donald Wilson (based on the CBS Radio Program by), Eric Taylor (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Dix ... Earl C. Conrad
Gloria Stuart ... Alice Walker
J. Carrol Naish ... The Killer
Alan Dinehart ... Gorman
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Storyline

A man, despondent over the death of his wife, wants to commit suicide but can't bring himself to do it. He hires a man to hire a professional killer to do the job. However, he soon finds out that his wife isn't really dead - but the man he paid to hire the hitman is, and he has no idea who the man hired or how to get him to call off the hit. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"I Am the Mastery of Mystery! You Cannot Hide. You Can Never Escape...For Wherever You Go, I Will Walk Beside You!" (original window card) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta Noite Morrerás See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The signature whistling at the beginning of all The Whistler movies was provided by Dorothy Roberts, backed by the theme's composer Wilbur Hatch and his orchestra. See more »

Goofs

While the killer is lying on the bed perusing his book on Fear of Death, a cigarette suddenly appears in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

The Bum in the Next Bed: Rats in this place as big as beavers. They won't hurt ya... but you're liable to trip over them in the dark.
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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

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Anyone Can Whistle?
24 October 2009 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Solid, low-budget film noirish yarn about a man who takes out a contract on himself and then through a reversal of fortune decides against it. The Whisteler open up the film with that delightfully creepy little tune and a brief narrative and the reigns are handed over to a competent corp of character actors(and Richard Dix and Gloria Stuart). Dix plays the lead well-enough though incredibly lethargically. He literally looks like he hasn't slept in days. Stuart is peppy and pretty in a smallish role, but J. Carrol Naish does an outstanding job as the contracted killer. He gives a layered performance is what was a truly difficult role. The film barely spans an hour and ten minutes or so but never lags. we get suspense, action, and answers rather quickly. The Whistler has a much more subdued role then what you would hear in the radio series. This film would go on to spawn many sequels and was one of the earliest directorial forays of horror icon William Castle. Castle, as always, does a more than workmanlike job.


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