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Secret of the Whistler (1946)

An artist married to a wealthy but ill woman begins an affair with one of his models, who is after him solely for his money. His wife discovers the affair and threatens to cut him out of ... See full summary »

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George Sherman

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (original screenplay), Raymond L. Schrock (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Ralph Harrison
Leslie Brooks ... Kay Morrell
Michael Duane ... Jim Calhoun
Mary Currier Mary Currier ... Edith Marie Harrison
Mona Barrie ... Linda Vail
Ray Walker ... Joseph Aloysius 'Joe' Conroy
Claire Du Brey ... Laura - Harrison's Servant
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An artist married to a wealthy but ill woman begins an affair with one of his models, who is after him solely for his money. His wife discovers the affair and threatens to cut him out of her will. In order to be able to keep both the wife's money and his girlfriend, he begins to secretly poison his wife - but events take a surprising turn after she eventually dies. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HIS WIFE TOLD HIM..."YOU'LL LOVE ANOTHER WOMAN ONLY OVER MY DEAD BODY"...SO HE DID! (original ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Página Denunciadora See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $4,916 for Edith's memorial would equate to over $66,000 in 2017. See more »

Goofs

After Harrison's servant discovers Mrs Harrison lying on the floor, using the bedroom phone tells Loring she hangs up and then calls the doctor. But, the phone downstairs that she originally answered when Loring called is still off the hook and therefore she would not be able to make the call. See more »

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Followed by The Return of the Whistler (1948) See more »

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Put The Blame On Mame
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Richard Dix, gaunt and demented: fantastic
11 August 2012 | by audiemurphSee all my reviews

In this, the penultimate Whistler movie, Richard Dix, aging and hulking, is simply deliciously evil. Though acting with seeming sweetness and kindness to those around him, Dix's eyes give it all away: hideous, subtly maniacal eyes, eyes in which we can see the selfish egotistical dementia of a man who has apparently spent a lifetime manipulating and using every person unfortunate enough to cross his path. A great job by Dix, and I hope he had fun with this role.

Otherwise, as is usual in the Whistler fliks, the supporting actors are adequate, and the dialogue slightly corny and dated, but with a time of barely over an hour, the pace is quick and satisfying.

A very interesting directorial decision: three years before this movie was made (that is, 1943) the great western, The Ox-bow Incident, was released. In the famous last scene, Henry Fonda reads aloud the last letter written by the lynched Dana Andrews. Fonda's eyes, and eyes alone, are not visible, hidden behind the brim of Henry Morgan's hat, while we see his mouth move. A very effective idea.

Well, here, in The Secret of the Whistler, the director uses the exact same idea: in a late scene, Richard Dix's wife makes a startling confession, her eyes hidden by an intruding lamp shade, but her mouth visible as she speaks, with Dix looking on behind her. Again, interesting.

Lastly, look for Dix's wife walking around with about a half-dozen dead minks or stoles or whatever they are, complete with heads, draped across her left shoulder. I don't why this struck me as funny, but, in its gratuitous pointlessness, it did.

Definitely a fun way to spend 65 minutes.


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