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CONTACT US
A TRIBUTE TO OUR MILITARY
A CAST OF CHARACTERS
A CALENDER OF MOVIES: What to Watch When
A CALENDAR OF MOVIES: Christmas - "The King of Kings" (1927)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
ABBOTT & COSTELLO
AMERICAN CLASSIC MOVIES INTRODUCTIONS
ANIMALS AND THE MOVIES
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Sets
ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Bernheimer Residence
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Ennis-Brown House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Evan Thompson's Bottle House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Greystone Manor
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hearst Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hollywood Sign
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Homes of the Stars
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Jean Harlow
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Maps and Floor Plans
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Pickfair
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Rispin Mansion
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Royal Hawaiian Hotel
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Scotty's Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Shelby House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: West Hollywood Historical Association
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Whimsy
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 2
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 3
ASSORTED SHORT CLIPS
"B" MOVIES
B - MOVIES: Serials
B - MOVIES: Series
B - MOVIES: Television Series
THE BARRYMORE FAMILY
BIOGRAPHIES
BLOOPERS
BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT
BUSTER KEATON
CARLA LAEMMLE
CARTOONS
CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX
CHARLIE CHAN: Asian Actors in Hollywood
CHARLIE CHAN: Bloopers & Bonus Questions
CHARLIE CHAN: The Books and Their Movies!
CHARLIE CHAN: Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Charlie's Sons
CHARLIE CHAN: Chemicals
CHARLIE CHAN: Chronology
CHARLIE CHAN: Criminal?!?!*
CHARLIE CHAN: Extras
CHARLIE CHAN: Gilbert Martines and Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Hawaii Steve
CHARLIE CHAN: Maps
CHARLIE CHAN: Maven and Rush Glick's Interview in . . . "Monster Bash"!
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Eras
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Notes
CHARLIE CHAN: Murder Rate
CHARLIE CHAN: On The Town
CHARLIE CHAN: Puzzles and Quizzes
CHARLIE CHAN: Quiz and Puzzle Answers
CHARLIE CHAN: Radio Shows
CHARLIE CHAN: Spookies
CHARLIE CHAN: Transportation
CHARLIE CHAN: Weather
CHILDREN'S CORNER
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Holiday Crafts
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boats and Planes and More
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Paper Dolls
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Fun Stuff to Read
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boys' Town
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Colleen Moore's Castle
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Judy Bolton
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew (For Older Fans!)
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Shirley Temple
COMEDIANS
COPPER CAPERS: FBI's and CIA's!
COSTUME DESIGNERS
DASHIELL HAMMETT
ETTA KIT
FASHIONS IN FILM
FILM NOIR
FOOD CENTRAL
FOREIGN FILMS
GENRES
GINGER ROGERS
HALLOWEEN FUN!
HALLOWEEN 2011: Movies to Watch
HALLOWEEN RECIPES
HAROLD LLOYD
HAUNTS: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HAUNTS: Winchester House
HISTORY: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HOLLYWOOD'S SCANDALS AND CRIMES
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Greystone Mansion Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . Crime: Jean Harlow and Paul Bern's Muder?
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Tate/LaBianca Murders
HOLLYWOOD'S . . .CRIME: William Desmond Taylor Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S MARRY-GO-ROUNDS
HORROR - SCIENCE FICTION
HORROR - SCI FI: Annex
HORROR - SCI FI: The Atomic Submarine (1959)
HORROR - SCI FI: Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff
HORROR - SCI FI: Dracula (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Frankenstein (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Gojira (1954) & Godzilla (1957)
HORROR - SCI FI: Invaders from Mars (1954)
HORROR - SCI FI: King Kong
HORROR - SCI FI: Lon Chaney
HORROR - SCI FI: Nifty Fifty's Creature Features
HORROR - SCI FI: Nightmare Theatre with Gorgon
HORROR - SCI FI: Ray Harryhausen
HORROR - SCI FI: Stephen King
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Studios
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Monster Genealogy
HORROR - SCI FI: Wes Davis
HORROR - SCI FI: The Witch's Dungeon
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
HUSTON FAMILY
I LOVE LUCY
INTERVIEWS
JOHN WAYNE
JONATHAN GEFFNER
JOSEPHINE BAKER
KAY LINAKER
LEI MAKING
LOCATIONS
MDs - RNs - RNBs - OH MY!
M.D.S . . . - The Crime Doctor Series
MAGIC IN MOVIES
MAKEUP ARTISTS
MAKEUP ARTISTS: The Westmore Family
MARX BROTHERS
MARY ASTOR
MARY PICKFORD AND DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS
MAVEN'S LIBRARY
MAVEN'S WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT
MUSIC
MUSIC: Dancers
MUSIC: The Lyrics
MYSTERIES
MYSTERIES: A Warning For Those Who Give Away The Endings!
MYSTERIES: Alfred Hitchcock
MYSTERIES: The Bat
MYSTERIES: D. W. Griffith vs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
MYSTERIES: Gum Shoes
MYSTERIES: Old Dark Houses
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine - The Kidnap Murder Case
ORSON WELLES
PERRY MASON
QUIZZES AND PUZZLES
QUIZ ANSWERS
QUOTES From Hollywood
QUOTES From Hollywood Movies
QUOTES From Dorothy Parker
QUOTES Dorothy Parkers' "The Waltz"
RADIO SHOWS: Vintage Series
RECIPES OF THE WEEK
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: A Rejuvenating Diet
REVIEWS
REVIEWS - Mini Mavens
RONALD REAGAN
RUDOLPH VALENTINO
SEX IN THE CINEMA
SHIRLEY TEMPLE
SILENT MOVIES
TAYLOR SCHULTZ: Hollywood Sculptor
TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation
VINCENT PRICE
VINCENT PRICE: Connoisseur
WHAT'S MY LINE?
THE WHISTLER
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

“I am the Whistler and I know many things for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows.  Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!”

Proposed Whistler Front Cover

Dear Friends,
 
Just wanted to take this opportunity to announce the publication of my book, The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows by BearManor Media. The enclosed is a rough draft of  the announcement I will be sending out to publicize.  (See attachment for front cover).
 
Warm Regards,
Dan

NEW FROM BEARMANOR MEDIA:
 
 
“I am the Whistler and I know many things for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows.  Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!”
 
As recited by a sinister  voiced host accompanied by a hauntingly discordant thirteen note whistle, these memorable words struck fear in the hearts of many an American radio listener beginning in May, 1942. 
 
The brain child of writer, actor, radio pioneer, J. Donald Wilson radio’s  The Whistler was a sensational success, eventually becoming one of the longest running programs in radio history, spawning innumerable imitations and influencing the entertainment industry for generations.   By the mid 1940’s Hollywood was paying attention.  To capitalize on the series’ phenomenal popularity in 1944 Columbia Pictures began producing Whistler motion pictures starring legendary Academy Award nominated film actor, Richard Dix.  Despite their low budget status the eight Whistler motion pictures (1944-48)  were extremely well made engendering a faithful following and surprisingly positive notices from elite critics. 
 
Written by film historian, longtime Classic Images contributor Dan Van Neste , BearManor Media’s The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows is the story of the Whistler films, the studio which produced them, and the many unsung filmmakers who contributed their talents to make them a success.   Included are rare profiles of fifty actors and filmmakers who worked on the series highlighted by a fond, in-depth look back at the life and career of one of the cinema’s most underrated talents, Academy Award nominated Whistler star, Richard Dix.  Actor, producer, author Robert Dix  (Richard’s son) wrote the foreword and contributed personal reminiscences of his famous father.  Also included is a discussion of the Whistlers as noir by noted author, film noir expert, Karen Burroughs Hannsberry. 
 
Included are profiles of the following:
 
Stars:  Richard Dix and Michael Duane
 
Leading Ladies:  Lenore Aubert, Pamela Blake, Leslie Brooks, Janis Carter, Lynn           
                            Merrick
, Karen Morley, Gloria Stuart
 
Character Players:  Jim Bannon, Trevor Bardette, Mona Barrie, Tala Birell, John
                                Calvert, James Cardwell, Mary Currier, Alan Dinehart, Jeff 
                                Donnell
, Claire DuBrey, Paul Guilfoyle, Porter Hall, Bernadene
                                Hayes, Kathleen Howard, John Kellogg, Richard Lane, Barton
                                MacLane
, Mike Mazurki, Helen Mowery, J. Carrol Naish, Regis
                                Toomey
, Nina Vale, Rhys Williams, Joan Woodbury
 
Directors:   William Castle, William Clemens, Lew Landers, D. Ross Lederman,
                   George Sherman
 
Creator:   J. Donald Wilson
 
Technical:   Mischa Bakaleinikoff (Music Director),  Reginald Browne (Editor),
                    Rudolph Flothow (Producer), Richard Landau (Writer), George Meehan
                    (Cinematographer), L.W. O’Connell (Cinematographer), Hans Radon
                    (Art Director), Raymond Schrock (Writer), Philip Tannura
                    (Cinematographer), Eric Taylor (Writer), Aubrey Wisberg (Writer).
 

Featuring over 100 photos, BearManor Media’s 421 page The Whistler : Stepping Into the Shadows is now available for $24.95 plus $5.00 postage for the first book, $1.00 for each additional directly from the publisher:
 
BearManor Media:  P.O. Box 1129, Duncan, OK  73534-1129. 
Phone: 580-252-3547  (Sandy Grabman)  Fax:  814-690-1559
Online:  www.bearmanormedia.com
Most major credit cards and Paypal accepted.
 
Online:  Amazon.com,  Barnes & Noble.com,  Powells Books, Alibris.com, etc.
 
From author:  Dan Van Neste, 2800 Northwest Avenue, Lansing, Michigan  48906.  ( Postage is $7.00 for the first book, $1.00 for each additional. Money Orders and personal checks only)  If ordering from author, be sure to specify: not autographed, autographed, or personalized autographed.