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"The Power of the Whistler" is a good story with a lot of atmosphere. A young woman (Janis Carter) tells a man's fortune and sees that it isn't good, goes to warn him, and finds out he's an amnesiac. She and her roommate (Jeff Donnell) set out to help him find out his true identity.
Richard Dix stars in "The Whistler" series, which came from the radio -The Whistler is never seen but serves as narrator. I know things were different in the '40s, but first of all, why is Dix always described in these films as handsome? Doesn't anyone notice that cheap hairpiece he's wearing? When you look at who was considered handsome in the 1940s - oh, you know, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, that crowd, tell me Dix stacks up. Why would Jean (Carter) be attracted to him? And why would she trust him enough that she'd take him back to her place so he could sleep on the couch? While trying to discover his identity, Jean comes across a floral delivery receipt to a ballerina. They go and see the woman, and she says she doesn't know the man. Later we find out she did. She did, and she let this naive young woman walk out the door with him. Ridiculous. Meanwhile, every time this guy is around a little animal, it dies. This poor little girl asks him to hold her kitten for her, and when she gets it back, it's dead. Then the roommate's bird dies. And still, nothing is registering with Jean.
I'm disappointed that I can't get into this series, but I just can't get past Dix.
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