Whistling in the Dark

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  • Passed
  • 1941
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 6.7  (1,074)

Whistling in the Dark is a 1941 comedy-thriller film directed by S. Sylvan Simon, starring Red Skelton, Conrad Veidt, and Ann Rutherford. The film takes the audience on a thrilling ride with a radio detective, Wally Benton (Skelton), who gets in way over his head when he agrees to help the police crack a case. Wally Benton is a comedic detective who has a popular radio show, where he solves crimes using only his wits and a microphone. However, when he receives a mysterious invitation to appear on stage after one of his shows, he finds himself entangled in a real-life murder mystery.

After leaving the studio, Wally is kidnapped by two con men, who believe he has $350,000 in his possession. In reality, Wally only has $10,000, his life savings, which he planned to use for a vacation. Wally's captors are played by the great Conrad Veidt, who gives an eccentric performance as "The Greek," and his partner, "Two-Time" McGurk, played by Rags Ragland.

As the plot unfolds, The Greek and McGurk force Wally to help them rob a rich businessman of his safe in exchange for his life. Wally, who is still under the impression that this is all a part of a radio show, goes along with the plan to save his life.

Things start to get complicated when the would-be thief of the safe, a beautiful woman named Carol Lambert (Ann Rutherford), enters the mix. Carol is not just any woman, she's the daughter of the man they're planning to rob, and she has her own reasons for wanting the safe. The plot twists and turns as Wally tries to keep both sides happy while also trying to keep himself alive.

The film has plenty of laughs and thrills, with Skelton giving a delightful performance as the bumbling detective who is in way over his head. Veidt is equally captivating in his role as the villainous Greek, and Rutherford plays the perfect mixture of beauty and intelligence as Carol.

One of the standout scenes in the film is when Wally is trapped in a room with the safe, trying to crack the code before he is caught by the police. The scene is filled with tension and suspense as Wally frantically tries to figure out the combination, all while keeping The Greek and McGurk at bay.

The film is set in New York City during the height of the radio era, and the filmmakers do a great job of capturing the feel of the time period. The audience is treated to scenes of the bustling city and iconic landmarks, like Times Square and the Empire State Building.

Overall, Whistling in the Dark is an entertaining film that combines humor and suspense in a way that's sure to keep the audience engaged. The performances by Skelton, Veidt, and Rutherford are top-notch, and the plot twists and turns will keep you guessing until the very end.

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    6.7  (1,074)