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The Whistler (1944)





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The Whistler was the first of eight Columbia "B" thrillers based on the popular radio series of the same name. The Whistler, a shadowy (and unbilled) figure, introduced each film as he'd done on radio: "I am the Whistler...and I know many things, for I walk by night." This time the Whistler tells the strange story of despondent Richard Dix, who, believing his wife dead, hires professional killer J. Carroll Naish to put him out of his misery. Then the wife suddenly shows up...and Dix can't locate his would-be assassin. An old story with plenty of fresh new twists (for example, Naish talks of his profession as though it were a fine art like painting and sculpture), The Whistler bode well for the seven films that followed. Richard Dix starred in all but one film in the series, alternating between hero and heavy.


Richard Dix
as Earl C. Conrad
J. Carroll Naish
as The Killer
Gloria Stuart
as Alice Walker
Joan Woodbury
as Toni Vigran
Cy Kendall
as Bartender
Trevor Bardette
as The Thief
Don Costello
as Lefty Vigran
Byron Foulger
as Flophouse Clerk
Robert Emmett Keane
as Charles McNear
George Lloyd
as Bill Tomley
Robert E. Homans
as Dock Watchman
Otto Forrest
as The Whistler
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Critic Reviews for The Whistler

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Unfortunately, it has been handled by a script writer and director with barely an original thought between them, so that it is developed in a drab, routine manner.

November 19, 2020 | Full Review…

We get the routine spectacle of a dragged-out killer-and-victim chase, all very serious and phony-and, consequently, very dull.

May 6, 2008 | Full Review…

There are too many irrelevant incidents, and far too many pointless scenes.

November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The film's theme is that man cannot change his destiny, and if his destiny is to die by murder...that's what it will be.

April 22, 2002 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Whistler

The first entry in this Film Noir series is one of the best. Fans of Noir will want to check these films out.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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