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The Power Of The Whistler
Released: April 19, 1945
|Directed by |
Richard Dix .... William Everest
Janis Carter .... Jean Lane
Jeff Donnell .... Frances 'Frankie' Lane
Loren Tindall .... Charles Kent
Tala Birell .... Constantine Ivaneska
John Abbott .... Kaspar Andropolous
Murray Alper .... Joe Blainey, trucker
Cy Kendall .... Druggist
Suggested by the
Columbia Broadcasting System Program
Director of Photography
L.W. O'Connell, A.S.C.
Leonard S. Picker
US Three Sheet
The Power Of The Whistler
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William Everest (Richard Dix), a homicidal maniac who has
escaped from a mental institution, suffers a temporary lapse
of memory when he strikes his head on a lamp post in trying to
avoid being hit by a passing automobile. He wanders into a cafe where
Jean Lang (Janis Carter), and her sister, Frances (Jeff Donnell)
are playing cards with Frances' boyfriend, Charlie (Loren Tindall).
The shadow of the Whistler
trails a madman.
Sighting the handsome stranger, Jean uses the cards to tell his fortune.
The pasteboards foretell death within 24 hours. She warns him of his danger and
tries to help him. Everest says he can't even remember his own name.
Jean has him go through his pockets where he finds a cigarette lighter, a doctor's
prescription, an order for a birthday cake, a receipt for two dozen roses,
a Canadian dollar, a key and a railroad schedule.
The receipt for the flowers bears the name of Constantina Ivaneska (Tala Biroll)
a Russian dancer, but when Joan takes Everest to see her Constantina denies
knowing Everest. However, Jean spots two dozen roses in a vase.
While Everest waits outside Jean next investigates an address on the prescription
blank, finding that it is a book shop, where the proprietor informs her that a
man answering Everest's description looked at a book on the art of administering
meets with a mysterious accident!
Still anxious to assist the stranger, Jean arrainges to have him stay overnight
at the apartment she shares with Frances. She persuades Frances to help her in
her self-appointed task.
Who killed the canary and the cat
The next morning Everast recovers his memory, but fails to reveal his idontity
Meanwhile, Frances, helping track down the meager clues, discovers that the
prescription was for a deadly poison, and that the cake was sent to John Crawford
(Kenneth MacDonald), chief warden of the Hudson mental Institution. on the
cigarette lighter found in Everest's pocket are the initials "C.C. to J.C."
Frances deduces that the "J.C." refers to John Crawford.
Everest informs Jean that he now remembers the name of an acquaintance,
Edward Calhoun, residing in Woodville, a town which had been marked off with
pencil on the railroad schedule. He persuades her to travel to Woodville with him.
"You've violated the law in
more than one way, Mister!"
Frances tells Charlie what she has learned about the stranger, and Charlie
rounds Constantina, the cake baker and the book dealer and has them tell their
story to the police, Constantlina admits knowing Everest, describing him as a
former suitor in the days before his mind snapped. She explained she
previously had denied knowing him because, she did,not want any rumors to reach
her present fiance. Constantina reports that Everest had threatened to kill
Judge Edward Calhoun, who signad the papers committing him to the asylum.
Romance on his lips...
murder on his mind!
The police go into lmmediate action, instructing the authorities at Hudson to
warn Crawford about the cake. Crawford and his family are ready to take their
first bite of the poisoned pastry when, in the nick of time, a State policeman
reaches their home. Crawford reports that Everest, in escaping from the
Institution stole his suit, his cigarette lighter, a Canadian dollar and a
Meanwhile, Everest, after reaching Woodville with Joan, borrows an automobile
from the railroad station telegrapher after informing him he is an old friend of
Calhoun's. While they are driving to the Calhoun home Jean notices an
identification label on Everest's suit.. It reads "John Crawford. Hudson Mental
Immediately suspicious she tries to jump from the car, Everest reaches for a
knife and is about to cut her throat when she wrenches herself free.
She runs for her life, Everest in pursuit.
Jean reaches a barn where she hastily climbs a ladder to the loft.
Everest, still, carrying the knife, climbs up after her. Protecting herself,
Joan reaches for a pitchfork and thrusts it at Everest, the tines piercing his
Richard Dix and Janis Carter
share a secret.
Jeff Donnell and Loren Tindall
discover a clue.
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