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This Week


The Whistler


Three Wise Guys

December 24, 1950


Christmas itself is filled with mystery. Most of the mysteries have happy and wonderful ends, but then again, some of these mysteries don't come from the usual Christmas sources. Not all surround the Holy birth, or even about the guy in the red suit. Some Christmas mysteries come from the minds the evil geniuses that created some of radios best thrillers.

The Whistler, "Three Wise Guys", a trio of hoods set out from a bar on Broadway to retrieve the loot that one of the company has hidden under the floor of a barn in Pennsylvania. When they get to the barn, they find a young woman about to give birth, although her husband, Joseph, is in jail, having taken the rap for the robbery that the loot came from.

The star of the show, the whistling tune itself was performed by Dorothy Roberts. The Whistler Tune had 37 notes total.  Wilber Hatch composed and directed the fine mood music.

The Whistler himself tells the story but is not part of it. He talks to the characters, although they do not hear him. "I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they cannot speak." Of course, the bad guys set up the perfect crime. They may or may not be justified in their crimes. They may be set upon a course of justifiable revenge, or they are protecting someone else from the clutches of someone even more nefarious. In other cases, they are simply above the law, and are getting someone out of the way. In every instance, they murderer has set up the perfect crime which they would get away with if fate did not step in and upset their careful plans.

In some of the stories, the killer finds himself facing the "Tall Gent with Robes and a Scythe", and the only one who could have saved him is the one who he already killed. Other times, the reason for the crime is resolved mere moments after the crime is committed. Murder is not something you can take back.

The Whistler always finishes his stories with fatalistic relish, and "the strange ending to tonight's story" is rarely what one expects. In the world of The Whistler, fate has a few speedbumps for the hasty acts of the foolish! Those with a taste for crime and the macabre will enjoy the world of The Whistler.

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