The exploits of
criminologist, Tom "Whispering" Smith
(Audie Murphy), a plainclothes detective for the
railroad who practiced modern
investigation techniques to solve crimes in 1870s Denver,
Other railroad detectives
Here are some of Tom and George's exploits:
- A blinded outlaw offers to return all of his stolen booty if
he can get the reward which he will use for an operation to make
- A vengeful women targets Tom because he arrested her husband.
- Two brothers in love with the same woman cause problems.
- George's old friends threaten to reveal that he once belonged
to a outlaw gang if he doesn't help them pull off a robbery.
- Who shot soldiers in their back? Indians or their own men.
- A businessman selling gold mine stocks receives a death
- A man comes to Denver to see his mother, a dance hall singer.
- Two men posing as deputies take custody of a prisoner.
- Tom's life becomes the fodder for a bet placed by a gambler.
- A Scandinavian immigrant witnesses a swindler kill a man.
TRIVIA NOTE: The 26-episode series
was based on Frank H. Spearman's 1906
novel, "Whispering Smith." Spearman (1859-1937)
was a banker, railroad man and a politician
before he wrote his first novel, "Nerve of
Spearman's character spawned a number of films,
- Whispering Smith (1916) starring
Whispering Smith (1926) starring
- Whispering Smith Rides (1927)
starring Wallace MacDonald.
- Whispering Smith Speaks (1935
starring George O'Brien.
Whispering Smith (1948) starring
- Whispering Smith Hits London (1951)
starring Richard Carlson.
The scripts for the series were based on actual
police files and cases from the Denver Police
Audie Murphy won a Medal of Honor during World
War II and appeared in several western films,
including Night Passage (1957) as
the Utica Kid; The Guns of Fort Petticoat
(1957) as Lt. Frank Hewitt; Posse from Hell
(1961) as Banner Cole; Gunfight at
Comanche Creek (1963) as Judd Tanner;
Bullet for a Badman (1964) as Logan Keliher;
The Texican (1966) as The Texas Kid; and
and 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967) as
Captain Bruce Coburn.
Guy Mitchell scored big with his 1956 song
Before the series made it to the networks, there
were a couple of problems with the cast. Guy
Mitchell as Detective George Romack broke a
shoulder when he fell from a horse which caused
a delay in production, and Sam Buffington as
Chief John Richards died (suicide) during the
filming of the series.
To add to these
tragedies, when the program finally aired, the
Senate Juvenile Delinquency committee filed
charges that the show was too violent. Years
later, Audie Murphy died in a plane crash near
Roanoke, Virginia, on May 28, 1971.
The origin of the Smith's nickname is revealed on page
218 of the novel "Whispering Smith." Here is the
Obituaries: Audie Murphy: 05/28/1971; Guy Mitchell:
07/01/1999; Sam Buffington: 05/15/1960;
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