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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 »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Wilfred H. Petitt (screenplay) (as Wilfred H. Pettitt), 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El faro maldito See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The fourth of eight "Whistler" films released by Columbia from 1944 to 1948. See more »

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Watchable, but where is the ironic twist?!
28 November 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is really like two separate films morphed together near the very end. The first 85% is a nice film about a rich but lonely man who is able to find himself. He seems like a very nice guy and you want him to succeed. I liked this very, very much and Richard Dix played an extremely sympathetic character. Then, as if out of left field, near the end of the film, the plot took a HUGE detour in an entirely different direction and this change made little sense. As I said, it seemed like an entirely different movie. Plus, once the film changed and the plot took a very dark turn, there was no sense of irony or suspense--leaving the viewer with a very flat and downbeat ending. While those who created this anthology series wanted to create a series with many of the characteristics of the later Twilight Zone TV show, the writing in the case of several of the installments just was too spotty. For a suspense-type film, it was gravely lacking in suspense.


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