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Whispering City (1947)

When a nagging wife commits suicide, her husband is threatened with a murder frame by his lawyer, unless he kills a certain female reporter for him.

Director:

Fyodor Otsep (as Fedor Ozep)

Writers:

Rian James (screenplay), Leonard Lee (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Dantine ... Michel Lacoste
Mary Anderson ... Mary Roberts
Paul Lukas ... Albert Frédéric
John Pratt John Pratt ... Mr. Durant
Joy Lafleur Joy Lafleur ... Blanche Lacoste
George Alexander George Alexander ... Police Inspector
Arthur Lefebvre Arthur Lefebvre ... Sleigh Driver
Mimi D'Estée Mimi D'Estée ... Renée Brancourt
Henri Poitras Henri Poitras ... Assistant Police Inspector
R.J. Jarvis R.J. Jarvis ... John
Louis-Philippe Hébert Louis-Philippe Hébert ... Hotel Clerk
Albert Cloutier Albert Cloutier ... Waiter
Palmieri Palmieri ... Archivist
Ovila Légaré ... Detective
Neil O'Keefe Neil O'Keefe ... Messenger
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Storyline

A reporter hears that a famous actress is dying in a hospital after being hit by a car. She goes to the hospital to interview the actress, who tells the reporter that her wealthy fiance, who was killed in an accident several years before, was actually murdered. Before long the reporter finds herself in a web of corruption, mental illness and murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Fear was in his heart! Hatred burned her soul! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime City See more »

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Québec Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Hotel Clerk: [after Mary asks the desk clerk to ring for M. Lacoste, he shouts up the stairs for him, turns to Mary and says, sarcastically] "No - it's not the Ritz".
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Soundtracks

Quebec Concerto
Composed by André Mathieu
Performed by Neil Chotem
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Dandy entertainment--though the plot is a bit overly complicated.
22 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Whispering City" is an Eagle-Lion production that was made in Quebec. It's the story of an evil lawyer (dare I be redundant?) who is also quite mentally imbalanced. One of his supposed friends and clients is in trouble--his wife is also very imbalanced and has been making accusations that the husband has been trying to kill her. But the husband is innocent--and his life has been hell due to this crazy lady's erratic behaviors and hateful disposition. He goes to this lawyer to talk about this--not knowing that the lawyer (Paul Lukas) has an incredibly evil plan. And, when the unstable wife kills herself, the lawyer hides all the evidence that would exonerate the husband and makes the man think perhaps he DID kill his wife! Then, the lawyer springs his trap--he announces that he will get his 'friend' acquitted--provided the friend first murder someone for him! Can this innocent man be driven to kill? And, does he even realize he's not guilty, as the lawyer got him very drunk and has been trying to convince him that he really has already killed? And, if the innocent man goes to the authorities, what will happen? After all, the evidence does point to him being guilty.

Despite having an overly complicated plot (and I've omitted a lot of it in the above paragraph), this is a dandy thriller. Despite its humble origins, the film is very well acted, tense and exciting. However, it's very likely you won't find it unless you download it for free at archive.org, as the film is quite obscure and in the public domain.


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