Whistling in the Dark (1941)

Synopsis:

Personal opinion: “Whistling in the Dark” was the first among the successful series of “Whistling” films with the comedian Red Skelton. This Hollywood production provided Conrad the weakest and most superficial role in his entire career. It was a challenge for the dramatic German actor to try a comedy for a change, but I don’t think this film was suitable for him. With his great artistic potential and remarkable physical presence I would say that Hollywood didn’t really respect Conrad as an actor and as a man. He was offered small roles in good films and large roles in uninteresting, propagandistic productions. But he was a real gentleman, and he accepted whatever was offered to him. I don’t like “Whistling in the Dark” because it is a bizarre and stupid comedy, with unrealistic characters and a very weak plot. Skelton acts as if he were an ape or a clown, and this sort of creature shouldn’t stand face to face with the colossal man who wrote his own cinema history. Luckily, the film is saved by the lovely Virginia Grey (whose physical appearance raised the admiration of Connie, if you look attentively at the scenes in which they are both involved) and by the talented Ann Rutherford (who became popular after playing Scarlett’s little sister in Gone With the Wind).

One thought on “Whistling in the Dark (1941)

  1. I like that whole sham cult, they seem very good at what they were doing. Conrad acting all earnest and caring while talking nothing but nonsense to those easily duped ladies was more amusing than Skelton’s silly faces. Frankly I preferred the whole cast over the two leads, sorry but Skelton was just too goofy to make me care about him and Virginia Grey outshone Rutherford in my opinion.
    I wish I could have watched the sham cult in a movie with a less ridiculous plot.

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