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The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 2 August 1951 (USA)
Brad Adams is the new manager of a manufacturing plant in a small New Hampshire town. He is brought in by owner Mrs. Doubleday to calm labor relations plus layoff employees. Brad manages to also find romance.

Director:

Robert Siodmak
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bridges ... Brad Adams
Dorothy Gish ... Mrs. Doubleday
Carleton Carpenter ... Eddie Talbot
Murray Hamilton ... Al Webster
James Westerfield ... Joe London
Lenore Lonergan Lenore Lonergan ... Abbie
Russell Hardie ... Dwight Hawkins
Helen Shields Helen Shields ... Miss Russell
Doro Merande ... Miss Pringle
Diana Douglas ... Ruth Adams
Anne Francis ... Jean
Anne Seymour ... Mary London
Ernest Borgnine ... Bill Street
Arthur O'Connell ... Jim Brewster
Parker Fennelly Parker Fennelly ... Issac
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Brad Adams is the new manager of a manufacturing plant in a small New Hampshire town. He is brought in by owner Mrs. Doubleday to calm labor relations plus layoff employees. Brad manages to also find romance.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quand la foule gronde See more »

Filming Locations:

Dover, New Hampshire, USA

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Ernest Borgnine. See more »

Quotes

Brad Adams: Hey, Al... I, uh...
Al Webster: After the whistle blows, mister. I got no time to talk to the boss outside of hours.
Brad Adams: Oh, Al, let's forget about what happened...
Al Webster: I ain't forgettin' nothin'. In this game, you pick sides early and play on your own team. Anybody who changes is a traitor.
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Soundtracks

Ev'ry Other Day
Words and music by Carleton Carpenter
Sung by Anne Francis and Carleton Carpenter
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Possibly a minor classic of its time
1 August 2006 | by tedthomassonSee all my reviews

I first saw this when it was screened as a supporting feature in Australia in 1951/52 and hasn't been seen here since. A pity, because it was rather more cerebral and realistic than almost anything else seen in that era. I was only 14 when I saw it so I can't remember much about the plot but its realism came through (I was a pretty savvy kid movie-wise, I must admit). I could only remember Lloyd Bridges until I looked it up just now and was surprised to see who else was in it: Anne Francis, Ernest Borgnine, Carleton Carpenter, Murray Hamilton etc, before they became known. I'm also a little surprised director Robert Siodmak didn't run into strife with the McCarthy hearings in those years as it seemed to me the movie could be seen as a tad leftish, but I may be wrong as I was too young to understand that at the time, and this was not an issue in Australia then. Anyway, the semi-documentary treatment and the (apparent} filming on location added to the straightforward treatment. Columbia made some interesting movies around that time, some that I would suggest are a high-water mark in American movie-making and should be seen more often. If it's as good as I remember it, it should be seen as a minor classic.


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