Whistling in Dixie (1942)
Red Skelton finds US 1839 $20 gold piece
The 1942 MGM film "Whistling in Dixie" is a comedy about a pair of New York radio actors who head
for Georgia and get involved in a hunt for Confederate treasure.
a crime solver called "The Fox". Ann Rutherford is his co-performer and fiancee, Carol Lambert.
This film is a sequel to the Red Skelton film "Whistling in the Dark" which had some of the same characters.
to come to Georgia to help her solve a murder connected with a legendary treasure.
Wally and Carol are performers for the WGN radio network crime program "The Fox".
2. Carol and Wally performing their radio program
Besides appearing as a sleuth on his program, Wally had solved a real crime.
3. Wally gives the delivery man a tip
Wally: "Here's a brand new American dollar for you."
Man: "That's only a nickel."
Wally: "That's the new American dollar after all the income tax has been removed."
Ellamae asks Carol and Wally to come to Georgia and help find out about Martin Gordon,
who was researching an old fort and reported killed but his body can not be found.
4. Carol, Ellamae, and Wally find Martin's briefcase
They find Martin's briefcase with notes on a cache of money left by Georgia governor Clyde Lee,
the grandfather of local Judge George Lee.
5. Corporal Lucken, CSA, finds the group
From Martin's notes, Wally is directed to a book of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poems.
6. Wally reads Longfellow's poem
The poem, "The Arsenal at Springfield" provides a clue.
The county sheriff with them accidently drops a coin which is found by Conway, a chauffeur.
7. Conway finds a coin
Conway compares the coin with one that he already has.
8. Two English coins
The coins read "GREAT BRITAIN" and "1859", but the inscriptions appear to be stamped onto
the reverses of Spanish colonial "pillar" coins or prop coins.
under a large stone.
9. Wally finds the cash
Wally: "Millions of dollars but Confederate, couldn't get a nickel for it."
For a while I thought I had this thing solved.
Gordon found the trunk, somebody he confided in knocked him off to get it.
Who would commit a murder for a trunk of confederate money.
Everybody knows it's worthless.
Wally lifts the tray holding the cash and finds something else below it.
10. The real goods
The coins here appear to be standard film prop coins which no doubt have appeared in many
treasure or pirate films.
"English gold pieces, 1847, 1860."
11. Wally holding coin
Hey look, a twenty dollar gold piece 1839.
A coin collector would give you seventy-five cents for that thing.
The United States started making $20 gold coins in 1850.
The coin in the film might have been privately minted at the Dahlonega Mint in Georgia
which opened in 1838.
Ellamae: "Martin once told me something about the Southern planters who ran cotton to England
through the blockade taking payment in gold."
Wally: "How did it get here?"
Ellamae: "They hid their money like this when Sherman's army came through."
12. Martin reappears
Martin, the sheriff, and Conway have been hunting for the treasure and after a doublecross,
the group along with the sheriff are locked in the fort's basement.
a message from his pet parrot.
13. The group rescued
The treasure presumably goes to Judge Lee, the grandson of the Governor who hid it.
14. Wally and Carol together
Red Skelton as Wally 'The Fox' Benton
Ann Rutherford as Carol Lambert
Diana Lewis as Ellamae Downs
Writers: Nat Perrin, Wilkie Mahoney