The Whistler (1944)

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A depressed man hires an assassin to kill him when he least expects it, but when his life takes an upward turn, he finds he now wishes to live.

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  • Charles Coleman and Richard Dix in The Whistler (1944)
  • Richard Dix and Joan Woodbury in The Whistler (1944)
  • Richard Dix and J. Carrol Naish in The Whistler (1944)
  • Trevor Bardette and Richard Dix in The Whistler (1944)
  • J. Carrol Naish in The Whistler (1944)
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25 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
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Whistler, The (1944)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

First film in Columbia's series has Richard Dix playing a man wanting to commit suicide due to the death of his wife but he doesn't have the courage to do so. Wanting to die, Dix hires a killer (J. Carrol Naish) to do the job but then he learns that his wife is still alive so he too must try and stay alive. Based on a radio show, this first film is actually pretty entertaining due to some nice direction by Castle and the two leads turning in fine performances. The story itself is pretty interesting and the B-budget gets all out of it that it can. Dix makes for a very good leading man and his performance is very good especially during his depression scenes. Naish is a great character actor and makes for a very good killer. Gloria Stuart plays Dix secretary and does nice work, although she has the weakest character.

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