Whistling in the Dark (1933 film)

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Whistling in the Dark
Directed by Elliott Nugent
Charles Reisner
(uncredited co-director)
Produced by Norbert Brodine
Written by Elliott Nugent
Based on play (1932) by
Laurence Gross
Edward Childs Carpenter
Starring Ernest Truex
Una Merkel
Edward Arnold
Music by William Axt
Cinematography Norbert Brodine
Edited by Ben Lewis
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 21, 1933 (1933-01-21) (US)
Running time
76-79 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Whistling in the Dark (U.S. television title: Scared!) is a 1933 American Pre-Code comedy-mystery film starring Ernest Truex and Una Merkel. The plot concerns a mystery writer whose scheme for a perfect murder comes to the attention of a gangster (Edward Arnold), who plans to use it.

The film is based on the Broadway play of the same name by Laurence Gross and Edward Childs Carpenter, which played for 265 performances in 1932-33.[1] Edward Arnold played the same role in the Broadway stage production.[1]

In 1941, the film was remade starring Red Skelton and Ann Rutherford. Skelton then played the role of "Wallace Porter" in two sequels.




  1. ^ a b Whistling in the Dark, IBDb.com; accessed August 4, 2015.

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