Stars: 3 / 5
The Power of the Whistler is a 1945 American mystery film noir based on the radio drama of the same name. Directed by Lew Landers this is the third of the eight film noir series adapted from the radio drama produced in the 1940s. Richard Dix reprises as the main character in the film with Otto Forrest as The Whistler narrating in the background. Also Janis Carter is again cast as Richard's leading lady in this film. She was his leading lady in the second movie "The Mark of the Whistler" as well. (My review of that movie here).
Jean Lang (portrayed by Janis Carter) is an amateur fortune-teller who ends up telling the forecast of a man - William Everest (portrayed by Richard Dix) - in the restaurant that she was dining with her sister Frances and sister's boyfriend Charlie, unbeknownst of the man. She then follows this man to tell him what she read in the cards only to realize that the man doesn’t have any memory who he was or where he was coming from or where he was going to. Jean volunteers to help him sort out by going through the stuff in his pockets. Thus begins a very strange journey of two different people that fate brought them together, ahem! Cards I mean. Will Jean be successful in helping this man find himself? Who is this man for real? Why is he wandering in the streets of Greenwich Village?
The film starts in a very interesting mode almost giving it a feel of investigative mystery but then it goes on to become a bit more sinister. Jean and William come across all kinds of omens along the journey some causing you chills and some making you wonder "how odd". Story well-made and told.
Another chilling episode in the series.
1) The bookshop owner shows a book that William Everest was reading through it a week ago. It is titled The Art of Poison by Dr. Noel J. Hendricks. I couldn’t find this book for real either. Perhaps created for the sake of the plot.