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Whistling in Brooklyn (1943)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Crime | December 1943 (USA)
Radio crime show host "The Fox" finds himself on the trail of a serial killer while a suspect himself.

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Nat Perrin (story and screenplay), Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue) (as Wilkie Mahoney)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Wally 'The Fox' Benton
Ann Rutherford ... Carol Lambert
Jean Rogers ... Jean Pringle
Rags Ragland ... Chester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Ray Collins ... Grover Kendall
Henry O'Neill ... Inspector Holcomb
William Frawley ... Detective Ramsey
Sam Levene ... Creeper
Arthur Space ... Detective MacKenzie
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Leo Finnigan (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Steven Geray ... Whitey (as Steve Geray)
Howard Freeman ... Steve Conlon
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Manager of the Beavers
The Brooklyn Dodgers The Brooklyn Dodgers ... Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Team
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Storyline

Wally Benton, "The Fox," master detective on radio, is about to go with his sweetheart to Niagara Falls in order to get married. Unknown to him, his valet has told a newspaper reporter that Benton is "Constant Reader," someone who has sent information to newspapers about murdered people and where to find their bodies, thus making the police look bad. The police are sure that "Constant Reader" is the murderer himself, since no one else could know all of the details. And so they begin a chase after Benton, a chase which leads to old abandoned warehouses and old abandoned mansions. Wally is being chased not only by the police but also by the real "Constant Reader." Can he save his girl, his assistant, and the reporter and solve the crime before either the villain or the police, who have been told to shoot on sight, kill them all? Written by Jim Knoppow <jknoppow@sttl.uswest.net>

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HIS NEWEST and FUNNIEST! RED SKELTON whistled in the dark, than he dood it in Dixie. He's whistling again in a roaring NEW screenful of merriment and murder! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Among the 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers portraying themselves are future Baseball Hall-of-Famers Leo Durocher, Billy Herman, Joe 'Ducky' Medwick, and Arky Vaughan. See more »

Goofs

When Rutherford's stunt double jumps off the table to save Skelton she is wearing sneakers instead of high heels. See more »

Quotes

Chester: [seeing Wally and carol in a romantic kiss] The last time I kissed a girl like that she passed out.
Jean Pringle: In your arms?
Chester: No, in my dreams.
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Connections

Follows Whistling in Dixie (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
In the score with sounds produced by the saw Wally uses to deflect objects thrown at him
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Oops, Where Did the Floor Go?
11 November 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The gags fly thick and fast in this, the last of Skelton's Whistling series for MGM. The pace is so hectic you may have to check your fast-forward. But the first half-hour is near hilarious with the usual Skelton mugging and pratfalls, backed up by experts Rags Ragland and Ann Rutherford, along with clever quips galore, so stay tuned. As usual, the plot amounts to little more than a convenient hat-rack on which to hang Skelton's usual brand of madcap. And what better fare for wartime audiences than a chance to escape the horrors with this slapstick whirlwind. I really did wonder how they would escape the elevator shaft, one of those great moments when you don't know whether to laugh or hide your eyes. And, yes, that is Jean Rogers as the reporter, on a break from Ming the Merciless and his serial effort at conquering the universe and Flash Gordon all in the same breath. There's also a chance to scope out Ebbetts Field and the Brooklyn Dodgers before both were torn down and shipped to LA. All in all, good period fun, even this many years later.


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