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Whispering Wires

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Whispering Wires
Directed byAlbert Ray
Screenplay byWilliam Conselman
Gordon Rigby
Based onWhispering Wires
by Henry Leverage
StarringAnita Stewart
Edmund Burns
Charles Clary
Otto Matieson
Mack Swain
Arthur Housman
CinematographyGeorge Schneiderman
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 24, 1926 (1926-10-24)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Whispering Wires is a 1926 American mystery film directed by Albert Ray and written by William Conselman and Gordon Rigby. It is based on the 1918 novel Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage, which was also made into a stage play.[1] The film stars Anita Stewart, Edmund Burns, Charles Clary, Otto Matieson, Mack Swain and Arthur Housman. The film was released on October 24, 1926 by Fox Film Corporation.[2][3][4] Little is known about Henry Leverage, the author of the original novel, except that he served prison time in Sing Sing for car theft.[5]


A person is murdered after receiving a weird phone call, in which someone is heard whispering in a menacing way. Barry McGill sets out to uncover the killer's identity before he can kill again. Barry's girlfriend Doris Stockbridge gets a similar phone call, and tells Barry that she thinks she is to be the killer's next victim. Barry teams up with two fumbling detectives named McCarthy and Cassidy and a bloodhound, and the bloodhound winds up being more effective than the detectives. Barry manages to capture and unmask the killer before he succeeds in murdering Doris. The culprit(s) turns out to be actually two people....an escaped convict and a mad scientist.[5]



  1. ^ http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/W/WhisperingWires1926.html
  2. ^ "Whispering Wires (1926) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Janiss Garza. "Whispering Wires (1926) - Albert Ray". AllMovie. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Whispering Wires". Catalog.afi.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 309. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.

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