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Voice of the Whistler (1945)

The 4th film of the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", finds wealthy John Sinclair, with no health or friends, being advised by his doctor to take a long ... See full summary »

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William Castle

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Wilfrid H. Pettitt (screenplay), William Castle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... John Sinclair / John Carter
Lynn Merrick ... Joan Martin Sinclair
Rhys Williams ... Ernie Sparrow
James Cardwell ... Fred Graham
Tom Kennedy ... Ferdinand / Hammerlock
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The 4th film of the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", finds wealthy John Sinclair, with no health or friends, being advised by his doctor to take a long vacation. Heading for the Great Lakes, he becomes ill in the cab operated by Ernie Sparrow an is taken to a clinic where he meets nurse Joan Martin, who is engaged to intern Fred Graham. Doctors now tell him he has only a few months to live and advise him to go to Maine (where, evidently, it will seem longer.) He asks Joan to marry him, promising to leave her his fortune. She, no dummy, accepts but hard-loser Fred doesn't like it even though she says she is doing it for him. After six months of living in a lighthouse with only Joan and Sparrow, whom he has hired as his aide, Sinclaie seemingly regains his health and has really fallen in love with Joan. She tells him she can no longer tolerate the loneliness just as Fred arrives for a visit, and John invites him to stay. In a chess game, John facetiously ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Strange Case of the HAUNTED Lighthouse! See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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

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Followed by The Secret of the Whistler (1946) See more »

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Good Try -- Doesn't Quite Work
16 November 2007 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Richard Dix is a big, not very nice industrialist, who has nearly worked himself to death. If he takes the vacation his doctors suggest for him, can he find happiness for the last months of his life? Well, he'll likely be better off if he disregards the VOICE OF THE WHISTLER.

This William Castle directed entry has some great moments (the introduction and the depiction of Richard Dix's life through newsreel a la Citizen Kane), and some intriguing plotting in the final reels. Dix's performance is generally pretty good. But, unfortunately, the just does not quite work because one does not end up buying that the characters would behave the way that they do. Also, the movie veers from a dark (and fascinating beginning) to an almost cheerful 30s movie like midsection (full of nice urban ethnic types who don't mind that they aren't rich) and back again to a complex noir plot for the last 15 minutes or so.

This is a decent movie -- worth seeing -- but it needed a little more running time to establish a couple of the characters and a female lead capable of meeting the demands of her role.


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Language:

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Release Date:

30 October 1945 (USA) See more »

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