GenreComedy, Crime, Drama ProducerNorbert Brodine Duration LanguageEnglish
(uncredited co-director) Release dateJanuary 21, 1933 (1933-01-21) (US) Based onplay (1932) by
Edward Childs Carpenter WriterElliott Nugent (screenplay), Laurence Gross (based upon the play by), Edward Childs Carpenter (based upon the play by) DirectorsElliott Nugent, Charles Reisner CastErnest Truex (Wallace Porter), Una Merkel (Toby Van Buren), Edward Arnold (Jake Dillon), John Miljan (Charlie Shaw), C. Henry Gordon (Ricco Lombardo), Nat Pendleton (Joe Salvatore) Similar moviesWhistling in Dixie (1942)
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Whistling in the Dark (U.S. television title: Scared!) is a 1933 American Pre-Code comedy-mystery film starring Ernest Truex and Una Merkel. The plot concerns a mystery writer whose scheme for a perfect murder comes to the attention of a gangster (Edward Arnold), who plans to use it.
The film is based on the Broadway play of the same name by Laurence Gross and Edward Childs Carpenter, which played for 265 performances in 1932-33. Edward Arnold played the same role in the Broadway stage production.
In 1941, the film was remade starring Red Skelton and Ann Rutherford. Skelton then played the role of "Wallace Porter" in two sequels.