Whispering City (November 20, 1947)

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Paul Lukas and Mary Anderson in Whispering City
 

Released on November 20, 1947: A poor fellow that is bothered by a nagging wife thinks he has his freedom when she commits suicide, but his lawyer threatens to frame him for murder if he doesn't kill another lady for the lawyer.

Directed by Fyodor Otsep

The Actors: Paul Lukas (Albert Frederic), Mary Anderson (Mary Roberts), Helmut Dantine (Michel Lacoste), John Pratt (Edward Durant, editor), George Alexander (Inspector Renaud), Joy Lafleur (Blanche Lacoste), Mimi D'Estee (Renee Brancourt), Arthur Lefebvre (sleigh driver), Lucie Poitras (hospital room Sister), J. Leo Gagnon (Frederic's butler), Rejeanne Desrameaux (hospital reception desk Sister), Germaine Lemyre (girl with Brancourt's keys), Blanche Gauthier (Brancourt's landlady), Palmieri (court librarian), Henri Poitras (detective at Blanche's apartment), Louis-Philippe Hebert (hotel desk clerk), Neil O'Keefe (flower delivery boy), R.J. Jarvis (Johnny, janitor), Olivia Legare (detective in Mary's apartment), Jean Deslauriers (himself, orchestra leader), Neil Chotem (himself, pianist), Albert Cloutier (waiter), Rolland D'Amour (policeman at Blanche's apartment), Guy Dugas (uknown), Teddy Burns Goulet (stage manager), Gordon Jones (reporter at Blanche's apartment), Jean Lajeunesse (reporter at Blanche's apartment), Jean Vezina (lawyer talking ot Mary at the courthouse).

 

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This suspense thriller introduces us to the amazing Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls) near Quebec City, Canada, and a mad man who plans the perfect crime in order to cover up another crime he comitted many years earlier. Our movie opens with a composer talking with his mentor/lawyer. Famed Quebec lawyer Albert Frederic spends his time and wealth on promoting the arts, and he is currently trying to help the career of young Michel Lacoste, who is composing a symphony. But Michel has a problem. His wife is a nag that drives him towards insanity, and he has trouble creating his music with her constant verbal attacks on him and his work. If only she would stop nagging him and let him work in peace.

Meanwhile, a young girl reporter for the local Quebec City newspaper is visiting a dying theater star, and the old dying woman tells the young girl that her wealthy husband was murdered twenty years ago, and she has the proof of the murder. But before the young girl can talk to her any further, the lady dies. Curiously, lawyer Albert discovers the old woman's dying words to the young reporter, and gets a sudden burst of fright. He convinces his long time friend, the editor of the newspaper, to quash any investigation into the story, and keep the young girl reporter away from the story. But while she is not to report on the story, she continues to investigate on her own, and lawyer Albert sees this. Lawyer Albert becomes determined to get the girl reporter out of the way, and devises a diabolical plot to do just that. When composer Michel visits that evening, he drugs the composer's drink and he lies unconcious on the lawyers couch. The lawyer then goes to Michel's home with the intention of killing the man's nagging wife and framing the composer for the murder. When he returns and wakes up the composer, the wife is dead, and the lawyer promises to defend and keep Michel from being hanged for murdering his wife on one condition . . . Michel must kill the young girl reporter that is snooping into the twenty year old death of the husband of the old actress.

Thus begins a tale that will take us down a well-written path of suspense and mystery between the lawyer, the composer and the reporter. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and drizzle plenty of real melted butter over it, and enjoy a noir thriller from the exotic city of French Quebec and death at the water falls that is higher than even Niagra.