Omnibus (1967–2003)
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Whistle and I'll Come to You 

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Miller

Writers:

M.R. James (story "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"), M.R. James | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Hordern ... Professor Parkins
Ambrose Coghill Ambrose Coghill ... Colonel
George Woodbridge ... Hotel Proprietor
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Proprietress
Freda Dowie ... Maid
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A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village in Norfolk, he blows through an ancient whistle discovered on a beach, awakening horrors beyond human understanding. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1968 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

'Omnibus' was an arts programme that usually consisted of documentary material. This is one of the comparatively rare occasions when the entire programme was devoted to a single dramatisation, although there is a brief introductory voiceover describing the career and interests of M R James, on whose story the production is based. See more »

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A boom mic can be seen bobbing behind the trees immediately before the breakfast scene where the Colonel asks Professor Parkins whether or not he believes in ghosts. See more »

Quotes

Professor Parkins: There are more things in philosophy than are dreamt of in heaven and earth.
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A fuss about nothing...
23 December 2004 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU

Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Sound format: Mono

(Black and white - Short film)

Whilst on sabbatical from his studies in a lonely seaside hotel, an ageing professor (Michael Hordern) finds an old whistle on the beach, and is later besieged by nightmares which seem to leak into his waking reality...

Not so much a ghost story as a warning against 'intellectual pride', Jonathan Miller's adaptation of M. R. James' short story has long been viewed as a classic shocker; it turns out to be nothing of the kind. Academic critics may enjoy the slow-burning narrative as Hordern's introverted professor - emotionally stunted by a lifetime spent buried amongst books - is challenged from his scientific complacency by an accumulation of supernatural details, but casual viewers will be bored stiff by the leisurely pace and apparent lack of plot (one l-o-n-g scene involves nothing more than the main character sitting on a sand dune, eating a sandwich and muttering to himself!). Hordern's performance is, of course, immaculate, and the movie benefits from 16mm origination (rather than videotape, the norm for BBC productions of its day), but it amounts to little more than a fuss about nothing. Made for TV, but screened theatrically in some venues.


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