Whispering City (1947)
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While a bit slow and plodding, this film starts as a crime drama and ends as a romance melodrama. The title is totally foreign to a meaning for the film. Who the hell whispers in this tale of Quebec, Canada? Taking place in Quebec City, The Whispering City tells the story of a lawyer and a patron of the arts, Albert Frédéric, who, earlier in life, caused a murder and made it look like an accident for financial gain. Later in life, a dying woman tells a reporter the tale of how she thinks the accident was actually murder. Female reporter gets a tip from a dying actress that a murder occured years ago. The lawyer today (some Dracula speaking older gent) is somehow connected and wants the story never to surface in the paper. He's connected to the editor and succeeds the investigation. But that doesn't stop our gal reporter. She's intent on knowing more. In the end, she faces a pianist who is being blackmailed, .... into murdering her to stop her reporting. This one is a pretty clever but dupes the viewer into believing she is murdered by the pianist. You will have to see this one for yourself to see just who is fooled by whom. The ending is contrived and suddenly the clouds part and all is well, as our two ill fated love birds live to a beautiful sunset. Now you know why I rated this one at 70%. Still, not a total waste of time and usually maintains your interest. Writes a fan of the film: "Great noir atmosphere and city setting" (by AlanSquier (United States) "This is a very good Canadian film. On the face of it, one would expect a strictly routine lady reporter investigating some unusual doings, but it's much more than that. I won't spoil the intricate plot, but it does take concentration to follow. Paul Lukas is, of course, his usual magnificent self The camera work is especially good and the backdrop of a city that most Americans didn't see very much of on the screen is quite good. The classical tone set by Helmut Dantine's character's composition, The Quebec Concerto, is very impressive." "One realizes who the villain is from his first appearance and yet the movie achieves not quite Hitchcockian suspense by the end. This is indeed an unjustly overlooked film." See the film in its entirety at: http://www.archive.org/details/WhisperingCity Directed by Fyodor Otsep Produced by George Marton Written by Michael Lennox (story) George Zuckerman (story) Rian James Leonard Lee Cast in the film's credit order: Helmut Dantine as Michel Lacoste Mary Anderson as Mary Roberts Paul Lukas as Albert Frédéric John Pratt as Edward Durant, editor Music by Morris Davis Distributed by Eagle-Lion Films Inc. Release date(s) November 20, 1947 U.S. release Running time 98 min. .
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