Contents 1 Characters and story 2 Films and television 2.1 Films 2.2 Television 2.3 Cultural references 3 See also 4 References 4.1 Bibliography 4.2 Notes 5 External links

Characters and story[edit] the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak! One opening to The Whistler Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling.[1] (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts whistling with an orchestra.[2] A character known only as the Whistler was the host and narrator of the tales, which focused on crime and fate. He often commented directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the characters, guilty or innocent, from an omniscient perspective. The stories followed a formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by the criminal's own stupidity. An ironic ending, often grim, was a key feature of each episode. But on rare occasions, such as "Christmas Bonus" broadcast on Christmas Day 1944, the plot's twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the protagonist. Bill Forman had the title role of the Whistler for the longest period of time. Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and later the actor who portrayed Michael Anthony on TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett Clarke. Cast members included Betty Lou Gerson, Hans Conried,[1] Joseph Kearns,[1] Cathy Lewis,[3] Elliott Lewis,[1] Gerald Mohr,[1] Lurene Tuttle[1] and Jack Webb.[4] Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. Of the 692 episodes, over 200 no longer exist. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer.

Films and television[edit] Films[edit] The Whistler was adapted into a film noir series of eight films by Columbia Pictures.[5] The "Voice of the Whistler" was provided by an uncredited Otto Forrest. In the first seven films, veteran actor Richard Dix played the main character in the story—a different character in each film. In the eighth film, made after Dix's retirement, Michael Duane played the main character. The Whistler - 1944, directed by William Castle The Mark of the Whistler - 1944, directed by William Castle The Power of the Whistler – 1945, directed by Lew Landers Voice of the Whistler – 1945, directed by William Castle Mysterious Intruder – 1946, directed by William Castle The Secret of the Whistler – 1946, directed by George Sherman The Thirteenth Hour – 1947, directed by William Clemens The Return of the Whistler – 1948, directed by D. Ross Lederman Television[edit] A syndicated TV version of The Whistler was produced and aired for a brief period in 1954. The Whistler was voiced by William Forman.[6] Cultural references[edit] In the 1990 film The Two Jakes, set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, the opening narrative of The Whistler can be heard on the car radio as private detective J.J. Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) cruises the streets.

See also[edit] Audio theatre The Mysterious Traveler Old-time radio

References[edit] Bibliography[edit] Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio. Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-19-507678-8. Nachman, Gerald. Raised on Radio. University of California Press, 2000. ISBN 0-520-22303-9. Pitts, Michael R. Famous Movie Detectives II. Rowman & Littlefield, 1991. ISBN 0-8108-2345-4. Renzi, Thomas C. Cornell Woolrich: From Pulp Noir to Film Noir. McFarland Publishing, 2006. ISBN 0-7864-2351-X. Van Neste, Dan. " The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows -- A Columbia Film Series". BearManor Media, 2011. ISBN 1-59393-402-5. Wilt, David E. Hardboiled in Hollywood. Popular Press, 1991. ISBN 0-87972-525-7. Notes[edit] ^ a b c d e f Dunning (1998), 720. ^ Van Neste, Dan (Autumn 2011). "I ... am ... the Whistler!!". Nostalgia Digest. 37 (4): 20–24.  ^ Dunning (1998), 513. ^ Dunning (1998), 209. ^ Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir, the Whistler film series described and covered as film noir on page 203. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Publishing, 1984. ISBN 0-89950-103-6. ^ The Whistler on IMDb.

External links[edit] The Whistler at the OTR Network Library (79 radio episodes) The Whistler at the Internet Archive (450 radio episodes) The Whistler on Outlaws Old Time Radio Corner v t e Films directed by William Castle Black Marketing (1943 short) The Chance of a Lifetime (1943) Klondike Kate (1943) The Whistler (1944) She's a Soldier Too (1944) When Strangers Marry (1944) The Mark of the Whistler(1945) Crime Doctor's Warning (1945) Voice of the Whistler (1945) Just Before Dawn (1946) Mysterious Intruder (1946) The Return of Rusty (1946) Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1946) The Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947) Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1948) The Gentleman from Nowhere (1948) Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) Undertow (1949) It's a Small World (1950) The Fat Man (1951) Hollywood Story (1951) Cave of Outlaws (1951) Serpent of the Nile (1953) Fort Ti (1953) Conquest of Cochise (1953) Slaves of Babylon (1953) Charge of the Lancers (1954) The Battle of Rogue River (1954) Jesse James vs. the Daltons (1954) The Iron Glove (1954) Drums of Tahiti (1954) The Saracen Blade (1954) The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954) Masterson of Kansas (1954) The Americano (1955) New Orleans Uncensored (1955) The Gun That Won the West (1955) Duel on the Mississippi (1955) The Houston Story (1956) Uranium Boom (1956) Macabre (1958) House on Haunted Hill (1959) The Tingler (1959) 13 Ghosts (1960) Homicidal (1961) Mr. Sardonicus (1961) Zotz! (1962) 13 Frightened Girls (1963) The Old Dark House (1963) Strait-Jacket (1964) The Night Walker (1964) I Saw What You Did (1965) Let's Kill Uncle (1966) The Busy Body (1967) The Spirit Is Willing (1967) Project X (1968) Shanks (1974) Retrieved from "" Categories: 1940s American radio programs1950s American radio programsAmerican radio dramasFilm noirFilms directed by William CastleFilm series1954 American television series debuts1955 American television series endings1950s American animated television seriesCBS Radio programs

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