Return of the Whistler (1948)
In Return of the Whistler, Michael Duane (1914–1963) stars in the eighth and last movie of Columbia’s mystery series about a man whose fiancée has gone missing. Return of the Whistler was adapted from one of America’s most popular radio shows by the same name. The prior movies starred Richard Dix (1893–1949), a silent movie star, who successfully transitioned to sound pictures. Each film began with the same, recognizable whistle. The voice of the whistler usually introduced the story, explaining what was going on and occasionally providing a concluding narration. Return of the Whistler was adapted from Cornell Woolrich’s (1903–1968) short story All at Once, No Alice (1940).