The Mark of the Whistler

The Mark of the Whistler is a 1944 American mystery film noir based on the radio drama The Whistler.[1] Directed by William Castle, the production features Richard Dix, Porter Hall and Janis Carter.[2] It is the second of Columbia Pictures' eight "Whistler" films produced in the 1940s, all but the last starring Dix.[3]

The Mark of the Whistler
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Castle
Produced byRudolph C. Flothow
Screenplay byGeorge Bricker
Based onthe story "Dormant Account"
by Cornell Woolrich
StarringRichard Dix
Janis Carter
Narrated byOtto Forrest
Music byMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
CinematographyGeorge Meehan
Edited byReg Browne
Larry Darmour Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 9, 1944 (1944-10-09) (United States)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

A drifter claims the money in a dormant bank account. Later, he becomes the target of men who are the sons of the man's old partner, who is now in prison due to a conflict with him over the money.



Bosley Crowther, the film critic for The New York Times, gave the film a mixed review, writing "The dodges by which a fellow successfully stakes a phony claim to a dormant account in a savings bank and swindles $29,000 lend some fair to middling interest to Columbia's latest Whistler-series film—one called The Mark of the Whistler...In this dubious demonstration, the film does present a criminal case with the patient documentation familiar in crime-and-punishment shorts. But the things that happen to this defrauder after he has got the cash are just the claptrap of cheap melodrama—and they are bluntly presented that way."[4]


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