|MARK OF THE WHISTLER (director: William Castle; screenwriters: George Bricker/based on the story Dormant Account by Cornell Woolrich; cinematographer: George Meehan; editor: Reg Brown; music: Wilbur Hatch; cast: Richard Dix (Lee Nugent), Janis Carter (Patricia Henley), Porter Hall (Joe Sorsby), Paul Guilfoyle ('Limpy' Smith), John Calvert (Eddie Donnelly), Otto Forrest (The Whistler), Matt McHugh (Tom, Reporter), Matt Willis (Perry Donnelly), Willie Best (Men's Room Attendant), Howard Freeman (M.K. Simmons); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Rudolph C. Flothow; Columbia; 1944)|
|"Suspenseful film that's derived
from the popular Whistler mystery radio show."
by Dennis Schwartz
Castle ("When Strangers
Marry"/"Strait-Jacket"/"The Old Dark House"), noted as
the gimmicky filmmaker, directed a few episodes in the
Whistler series. Castle ably directs this suspenseful
film about a cheat, that's derived from the popular
Whistler mystery radio show. It's based on
the story Dormant Account by Cornell Woolrich.
The screenplay is written by George Bricker.
drifter Lee Nugent (Richard Dix) poses
as the owner of an unclaimed dormant bank
account, someone he almost shares the same name as.
But Lee's new identity brings him more trouble than he
can imagine, as he inherits with his new identity the
real claimant's dark secrets from the past and becomes
the target of two violent disgruntled men. The men are
the sons seeking revenge because their father went to
jail in his conflict with his partner over the money.
Somehow Lee gets out of the jam and later befriends
the real owner of the dough, a crippled peddler (Paul
Guilfoyle). How the twisty film ends, keeps the
viewing guessing until the end.
all the films in the Whistler series it's
narrated by the unseen, shadowy Whistler (Otto Forrest).
REVIEWED ON 9/14/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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