Whistling in the Dark

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Whistling in the Dark ★★★ 1941

Skelton plays Wally Benton, a radio sleuth nicknamed “The Fox,” in the first of a three-film series. Veidt (an always excellent villain) is the leader of a phony religious cult, after the money of one of his followers. He decides to kidnap Skelton and have him come up with a plan for the perfect murder but of course there are all sorts of comic complications. Skelton's first starring role is a clever comic mystery and a remake of the 1933 film. Followed by “Whistling in Dixie” and “Whistling in Brooklyn.” 78m/B VHS . Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford, Conrad Veidt, Virginia Grey, Rags Ragland, Eve Arden, Don Douglas, Don Costello, Paul Stanton, William Tannen, Reed Hadley; D: S. Sylvan Simon; W: Harry Clork, Albert Mannheimer, Robert MacGunigle; C: Sidney Wagner.