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Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 6 August 1961 (UK)
When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.


Bryan Forbes


Mary Hayley Bell (original novel), Keith Waterhouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Lee ... Bostock
Alan Bates ... The Man
Norman Bird ... Eddie
Diane Clare ... Sunday School Teacher
Patricia Heneghan Patricia Heneghan ... Salvation Army Girl
John Arnatt ... Superintendent Teesdale
Elsie Wagstaff ... Auntie Dorothy
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... The Vicar
Howard Douglas ... The Vet
Ronald Hines ... P.C. Thurstow
Gerald Sim ... Detective
Michael Lees ... 1st Civil Defence Worker
Michael Raghan Michael Raghan ... 2nd Civil Defence Worker
May Barton May Barton ... Villager
Hayley Mills ... Kathy


Little Kathy (Hayley Mills) discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she asks him who he is, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus, and try to hide him from grown-ups. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


The title "Whistle Down the Wind" originally comes from falconry, and means "to let a falcon fly away free." See more »


When the children are eating breakfast, the height of Charles' egg changes between shots. This is because, once he's eaten it, Charles reverses the empty shell in the egg-cup, and then starts hitting it with a spoon, pretending it's another uneaten egg. See more »


Kathy Bostock: Who is it?
The Man: [Dejected that he's been discovered] Jeee-sus Christ!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The events and characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is coincidental. See more »


Referenced in Granada Reports: 17 April 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »


"What a Friend We Have in Jesus' (uncredited)
Words by Joseph M. Scriven (as Joseph Scriven)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse (as Charles Converse)
Performed by Salvation Army band
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"T' aint Jesus, its just some fellah"
23 August 2003 | by digital_dogcowSee all my reviews

An absolute gem of a movie, that will appeal to both the religious, & atheists alike, since it intelligently sides with neither side. WDTW is a beautifully crafted study in "belief", faith and innocence.

Reminiscent of Ken Loach's 1969 film Kes (although the two are very different films) in so much that it accurately portrays a time & place, by using genuine locals as a supporting cast, thus giving a true sense of authenticity because of the genuine regional accents.

Little Alan Barnes's natural lancashire dialect is a pure delight in the opening scene with "The sally army lady", and his loss of "faith" in "Jesus" ("T' aint Jesus, its just some fellah") is a poignant counterpoint to Mills's stoic acceptance of the fugitive hiding in the family barn as her saviour.

Highly recommended viewing.

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Release Date:

6 August 1961 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


GBP148,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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