The Return of the Whistler (1948)
Two-headed coin decides sleeping arrangements
The 1948 Columbia Pictures film "The Return of the Whistler" is the last of "The Whistler" films
made during the 1940's. "The Whistler" was a popular mystery radio program and the films were based
on the character who would whistle and then introduce and sometimes comment on the story.
The woman disappears just before the wedding and the man searches for her.
who sleeps on the couch and who gets the bed, every night he wins the couch by calling "heads".
The Whistler appears in the night as a black shadow.
2. The Whistler
I am The Whistler.
I know many things, for I walk by night.
stepped into the shadows.
Whether for better or for worse only time will tell.
Ted Nichols and Alice Dupres are driving to a wedding office to get married.
Ted is an American and probably an ex-serviceman.
Alice is a French immigrant who was briefly married to a US soldier in France.
3. Marriage attempt number one
The wife at the wedding office tells the pair that her husband can not marry them until the next morning.
They go to a hotel where their car breaks down.
they are not married. Ted goes to sleep in the car, has the car fixed, and returns to the hotel to
find the room empty and Alice gone.
kind of confidence game on Ted.
Ted met Alice when she tripped near his cabin and he gave her first aid.
who was from a wealthy family, and that he later died in action.
didn't get along with them, and left.
in the bed and who got the couch.
4. Ted flips coin for couch
Ted always "won", calling the coin "heads", and getting the couch.
When Ted puts the coin away, both sides are shown, and both have heads.
5. The two-headed coin
The coin is a common President James Monroe dollar-sized token, and this one was manufactured
with the obverse appearing on both sides.
An example of the prop coin obverse:
6. President James Monroe Token - Bird of Paradise
White metal, 35mm, 9.28gm
Obverse: President James Monroe facing half left, no text
Reverse: Bird of Paradise and man kneeling in temple surrounded by eight-pointed rounded star, no text
Ted and Gaylord drive to his apartment where he shows the detective photographs of Alice and
her wedding certificate from her first marriage.
7. Detective Gaylord punches Ted
Gaylord runs away with the papers and takes them to the Barkleys, who he was actually working for.
Ted goes to the police and is told to forget Alice.
8. The Barkley crooks and Alice
Various Barkleys do not want Alice to inherit her husband's estate and are keeping her locked up.
9. The Whistler advises Ted
"You walked right into that one".
that Alice has lived in the United States for several years, is mentally ill, and has spells where she
runs away from the house.
is lying and that Alice came to America recently.
her husband who looks nothing like Charlie.
He runs into Charlie Barkley there.
10. Ted punches Charlie Barkley
He manages to get Alice downstairs.
11. Alice rescued
Ted and Alice encounter the Barkley family, Gaylord, and the police.
where things will be sorted out.
12. Marriage attempt number two
Ted and Alice are really going to get married this time.
13. The Whistler
You certainly were lucky, Ted.
It might have ended differently with you and Alice worlds apart.
But fate this time was on your side.
Michael Duane as Theodore 'Ted' Nichols
Lenore Aubert as Alice Dupres Barkley
Richard Lane as Gaylord Traynor
James Cardwell as Charlie Barkley
Writers: Maurice Tombragel, Edward Bock, Cornell Woolrich (story)