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The Return of the Whistler (1948)

On the eve of his marriage, a young man's fiance disappears. He hires a private detective to help him track her down, but soon finds himself entangled in a web of lies, intrigue and murder ... See full summary »

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D. Ross Lederman

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Maurice Tombragel (screenplay), Edward Bock (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Duane ... Theodore Anthony 'Ted' Nichols
Lenore Aubert ... Alice Dupres Barkley
Richard Lane ... Gaylord Traynor
James Cardwell ... Charlie Barkley
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Barkley
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Hulskamp
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On the eve of his marriage, a young man's fiance disappears. He hires a private detective to help him track her down, but soon finds himself entangled in a web of lies, intrigue and murder revolving around his fiance's dead ex-husband and his wealthy, corrupt family. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1948 (USA) See more »

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A Consciência Acusa See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film series is based on the radio program "The Whistler" that aired on the CBS radio network from May 16, 1942 to September 22, 1955. See more »

Goofs

When Ted is leaving the Barkley house after his first visit, an interior shot shows his hat in his left hand at his side as he starts out the door. The next shot, from the exterior, shows him continuing out the door with his hat in his right hand. See more »

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Follows The Thirteenth Hour (1947) See more »

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Dix-less.
29 July 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Whistler series was an excellent B mystery series from the 1940s. Each of the films had starred Richard Dix...but in 1947 he had a heart attack and was in ill health until his death in 1949. But the studio wanted to carry on the series and brought us "Return of the Whistler"...a similar but Dix-less installment in the series. It turned out to be the last in the series as well. Additionally, the exciting director William Castle directed most of the Whistler films...though not this one.

The mystery in this film is a good one. When Ted (Michael Duane) and his fiancée, Alice (Lenore Aubert), arrive at a hotel, things seem pretty normal. But when Ted leaves and then returns, he finds Alice missing--and the hotel desk manager is lying about her leaving on her own. But who took her...and why?! Well, the solution turns out to be very interesting...and well worth seeing.

Despite the stars of this film being pretty much complete unknowns, the film works well because the acting is good AND, most importantly, the mystery is very well written and engaging. Overall, actually one of the better entries in the series...and it's a shame this was the last.


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