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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 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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USA

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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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One of Lenore Aubert's greatest dramatic roles. See more »

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At the end of the meeting with the hotel manager, hotel clerk, police Captain and Ted Nichols, the police Captain escorts Ted out of the office and incorrectly calls him Mr. Nicholas. See more »

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Follows Mysterious Intruder (1946) See more »

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A sadly short-lived return
8 May 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was the eighth and final Columbia Whistler film and the only one without Richard Dix who had retired from movies and was to die the following year. It's still a competent thriller, the machine carried on without him perfectly, but – something was missing: Dix! The stories in the Whistler series were always interesting, sometimes brilliant, the screenplays often noir always atmospheric, but it wasn't only the Whistler himself that hung it all together on screen, Dix did too.

Young couple stepping out for a whole fortnight get the urge to marry in the pouring rain but are thwarted when the potential bride first disappears then is discovered to already be married before she apparently goes mad. Is the potential groom put off, even when the private dick he's hired to find her suddenly slugs him and lams, or is love blind? Who's twisting who is the question. Michael Duane in his penultimate film is OK if a bit of a wimp, lovely Lenore Aubert's finest moments came next film in Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, and Richard Lane was wonderful as ever on loan from Boston Blackie. Also the only outing where the Whistler himself must have got wet from slouching about in the rain, unless he got sprayed with sea foam in Voice.

A lot happened in this last hour, well worth watching over and over again as usual to fans of the genre like me. The Whistler radio series begun in 1942 carried on until 1955 clocking up nearly 700 half hour shows, nearly all of which are available on mp3 and based upon what I've heard so far nearly all of which are well worth listening to as well.


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