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A rare made in Canada noir with top notch actors and a great musical score. But why are characters with French names living in Quebec speaking with German accents? The plot is pretty much substandard noir until the trip to the almost-over the Falls, featuring a spunky woman reporter out to solve a mystery. But the romantic music by an equally romantic composer and the Quebec City scenery, as well as the acting quality, makes it worth watching. One of the things I enjoy most about noir from the 40s and 50s is the period cityscapes.
Moody but predictable film noir.
i enjoyed watching this 1947 Canadian film noir movie filmed in Quebec City ,Quebec.i just visted Quebec City and the old town looked as nice as it did in 1947.
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."
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Directed by Fyodor Otsep
Produced by George Marton
Written by Michael Lennox (story)
George Zuckerman (story)
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.