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The Thirteenth Hour (1947)

In the 7th of Columbia's "Whistler" series, truck-firm owner Steve Reynolds gets involved in a feud with a rival firm, and shortly thereafter is slugged by a masked assailant who steals the... See full summary »


William Clemens


Edward Bock (original screenplay), Raymond L. Schrock (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Steve Reynolds
Karen Morley ... Eileen Blair
John Kellogg ... Charlie Cook
Jim Bannon ... Jerry Mason
Regis Toomey ... Don Parker
Bernadene Hayes ... Mabel Sands
Mark Dennis Mark Dennis ... Tommy Blair
Anthony Warde ... Ranford
Ernie Adams ... McCabe
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Police Captain Linfield


In the 7th of Columbia's "Whistler" series, truck-firm owner Steve Reynolds gets involved in a feud with a rival firm, and shortly thereafter is slugged by a masked assailant who steals the truck he is driving. The assailant runs down a policeman in the truck and leaves other clues pointing to Reynolds as the cop killer. With only a glove, with diamonds stuck in the thumb, as a clue, and while evading the police and other characters after him and the diamonds, Reynolds finally runs down the guilty party and clears himself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MURDER as a one-way highway...to the gallows! (original poster) See more »


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Seventh and next-to-last of the eight-film "The Whistler" series. Michael Duane replaced Richard Dix--who had suffered a heart attack while finishing the sixth installment--for the finale. See more »


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"You must think I'm stupid."
16 May 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The penultimate entry in Columbia's Whistler series and the last to star Richard Dix. This final Dix Whistler movie isn't one of the best but it's still worth a look. The story is fairly straightforward with Dix playing more of a typical protagonist than in other entries where he played more morally ambiguous characters. This time he's a truck driver out to clear his name when he's framed for killing a policeman.

Karen Morley is good as Dix's girlfriend. Regis Toomey plays a small but important part as the cop Dix is accused of killing. Mark Dennis is unintentionally funny as Morley's son, who reads books on necrophobia and warns cops "That's mama's and my bedroom. We don't like anybody going in there." John Kellogg, Jim Bannon, and Bernadene Hayes round out the significant roles in the cast. For his part, Dix is solid as usual.

As I said, this is the last Whistler movie that Dix made, but it's also his last film period. He retired after this and died two years later. With a career stretching back over twenty years into the silents, he's probably best remembered for his Oscar-nominated role in Cimarron or for playing the crazy captain in Val Lewton's The Ghost Ship. Lantern-jawed with a somewhat stiff line delivery, Dix may not have challenged Gable or Grant or Flynn in charisma or sex appeal but he had an interesting screen presence all his own. He certainly made his mark in the films I mentioned, as well as many others including this fine series based off the popular radio series The Whistler. His last film may not have been an example of "going out on top," but it was definitely nothing to be embarrassed about. Which is, unfortunately, more than you can say for some of his contemporaries' final films.

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6 February 1947 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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