Whispers (1941)

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This short shows how gossip can be used to spread propaganda or ruin a person's reputation. The story focuses on a businessman who spearheads a drive to tear down slums to make room for ... See full summary »


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3 November 2010 | Michael_Elliott
Decent Passing Parade Short
Whispers (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in MGM's Passing Parade series takes a look at organizations who make money by starting gossip. We're shown that these groups can kill a restaurant by telling people they serve horse meat. One cigarette company goes out of business when (false) word leaks out that they had poison slip into the smokes. The main story takes a look at an honest man who plans on building up a community so that poor people will have a good, safe place to live. The gossip group, called "Whisperers," get wind and decide to spread a rumor that will ruin his chance. The Passing Parade series is certainly one of the best of its day but this one here really doesn't work as well as I'm sure those involved wanted it to. There's one section where those who gossip are compared to Hitler and I think that's a bit of a stretch. There's really not too much drama because the film makes you think that everyone listens to gossip and it pretty much overlooks those who don't pay attention to it. This certainly isn't a bad movie as it's entertaining enough for its 9-minutes but at the same time you expect more from this series.

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