Whistling in the Dark (1941 film)

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Whistling in the Dark
Whistling in the Dark FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byS. Sylvan Simon
Produced byGeorge Haight
Written byLaurence Gross (play)
Edward Childs Carpenter (play)
Robert MacGunigle
Harry Clork
Albert Mannheimmer
Eddie Moran (uncredited)
Elliott Nugent (uncredited)
StarringRed Skelton
Conrad Veidt
Ann Rutherford
Virginia Grey
Music byBronislau Kaper
CinematographySidney Wagner
Editing byFrank E. Hull
StudioMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • August 8, 1941 (1941-08-08)
Running time78 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Whistling in the Dark
Whistling in the Dark FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byS. Sylvan Simon
Produced byGeorge Haight
Written byLaurence Gross (play)
Edward Childs Carpenter (play)
Robert MacGunigle
Harry Clork
Albert Mannheimmer
Eddie Moran (uncredited)
Elliott Nugent (uncredited)
StarringRed Skelton
Conrad Veidt
Ann Rutherford
Virginia Grey
Music byBronislau Kaper
CinematographySidney Wagner
Editing byFrank E. Hull
StudioMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • August 8, 1941 (1941-08-08)
Running time78 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Whistling in the Dark is the first of three comedy films starring Red Skelton as Wally "the Fox" Benton, who writes and acts in radio murder mysteries. Wally is kidnapped by a greedy cult leader (played by Conrad Veidt), who threatens to kill Wally's girlfriend (portrayed in all three films by Ann Rutherford) and another young woman unless he concocts a perfect murder. The film was based on the Broadway play of the same name by Laurence Gross and Edward Childs Carpenter. Uncredited contributing writer Elliott Nugent wrote and directed the earlier film adaptation of the same name.

The two sequels are Whistling in Dixie (1942) and Whistling in Brooklyn (1943).

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