This week’s mystery movie has been the 1951 RKO picture “The Whip Hand,” with Carla Balenda, Elliott Reid, Edgar Barrier, Raymond Burr, Otto Waldis, Michael Steele, Lurene Tuttle, Peter Brocco, Lewis Martin, Frank Darien and Olive Carey. The screenplay was by George Bricker and Frank L. Moss from a story by Roy Hamilton. The photography was by Nicholas Musuraca, art direction by Albert S. D’Agostino and Carroll Clark, music by Paul Sawtell, and set decoration by Darrell Silvera and James Altwies. The producer was Lewis J. Rachmil. The movie was designed and directed by William Cameron Menzies.
The movie is available on DVD from Warner Archive for $21.99.
“The Whip Hand” opened in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 1951, as the virtually ignored second half of a double bill with “The Blue Veil.” In reviewing “The Blue Veil” (Nov. 17, 1951) Los Angeles Times film critic Edwin Schallert gave “The Whip Hand” one paragraph, calling it “an exciting spy thriller” and “a good film of the type,” but failed to include its title. Schallert says Stanley Rubin produced the film and wrote the screenplay, though Rubin had his name taken off the film after it was extensively reworked on the orders of Howard Hughes.
The New York Times did not review “The Whip Hand” as far as I can determine.
For Monday we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is G. Pat Collins.
For Tuesday, we have this rustic mystery chap. I have cropped out our leading man, who will appear Friday.
Update: This is Frank Darien.
Brain Trust roll call: Don Danard (Monday’s mystery guest) and Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest).
For Wednesday, we have two mystery guests. They do not approve of such goings-on.
Update: This is Peter Brocco, left, and Michael Steele.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest).
For Thursday, our leading lady.
Update: This is Carla Balenda.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gents) and Don Danard (Wednesday mystery guest No. 1).
For Friday, we have a couple of non-mysterious guests at a oddly deserted fishing lodge.
Update: This is Lurene Tuttle, Raymond Burr and Elliott Reid.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman).