The Hunter's Whistle - On the drama THE HUNTER/CBS/1952-54
Barry Nelson (1952-54) and Keith Larsen (1954)
starred as Bart Adams, an American businessman
who traveled the globe and always seemed to get
himself entangled in nefarious plots against the
Free World that resulted in rescuing some fair
damsel in distress.
Bart identified himself to
his friends in the European underground by
whistling the melody from the French song "Frêre
TRIVIA NOTE: The
1954 mystery series THE WHISTLER syndicated by
CBS Films used an eerie 13 note whistle
performed by Dorothy Roberts to set the mood for
the program. The Whistler was played by Bill
Forman "who knows many things for he walks at
night!" The series ran 39 episodes and was based
on the famous radio series which aired on CBS
radio from 1942-1954.
Novelist Leslie Charteris'
character Simon Templar, a sophisticated wealthy
playboy/crook whistled the melody "Da Dee Dee
Dee Dee Dee Dee Da" to announce his presence in
a number Saint films starring George Sanders in
the 1940s. The Saint's melancholy tune was
composed by Leslie Charteris. Of course, the
origin of the whistle is in contention.
sources say the famous eight-note tune was
composed by a Roy Webb while others say the tune
originated with the Charteris family who used
the whistling melody to announce their arrival
Internet Movie Data Base lists Roy
Webb as "uncredited" for the music in the early
Saint films but attributes the theme song melody
to Leslie Charteris in the 1962 Saint series
with Roger Moore.]
The situation comedy THE ANDY GRIFFITH
SHOW/CBS/1960-68 begins with a folksy theme song
whistled by composer Earle Hagen. Some people
have erroneously attributed the whistling to
Fred Lowery a renowned blind whistler who penned
an autobiography called "Whistling in the Dark."
The movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai
also features a melodic whistle "Dee Da Da Da Da
Dee Dee Da") performed by Allied soldiers held
captive by the Japanese in the 1940s.
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