Whistling in Dixie

Whistling in Dixie is a 1942 American crime comedy film, the second of three starring Red Skelton as radio detective and amateur crime solver Wally Benton (also known as The Fox) and Ann Rutherford as his fiancee. The pair are called upon to solve a crime in the American South. The film also re-introduces Rags Ragland, playing dual roles as twins, the mostly-reformed Chester, as well as his villainous brother from the first film. The film turns into a romantic comedy mystery, complete with death traps, corrupt politicians and lost gold, ending with a frenetic fight at the end between Wally Benton and both of Rags Ragland's characters.

Whistling in Dixie
Directed byS. Sylvan Simon
Produced byGeorge Haight
Written byNat Perrin
Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue, as Wilkie Mahoney)
Lawrence Hazard (uncredited)
Jonathan Latimer (uncredited)
StarringRed Skelton
Ann Rutherford
George Bancroft
Guy Kibbee
Music byLennie Hayton
CinematographyClyde De Vinna
Edited byFrank Sullivan
Distributed byLoew's, Inc.
Release date
  • December 1942 (1942-12)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,345,000[1]

The film is a sequel to Whistling in the Dark and is followed by Whistling in Brooklyn.



According to MGM records the film earned $1,066,000 in the US and Canada and $279,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $542,000.[1][2]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54

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