REBLOG: Countdown Nearly: Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

oooThis site’s essay from a few weeks ago about Whistle Down the Wind (1961) has been reblogged at the prestigious website Wonders in the Dark. I’m obviously much honored.

Wonders in the Dark

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by John Grant

The British gem ‘Whistle Down the Wind” came very close to making the Greatest Childhood/Adolescent Films Countdown.  At ‘Noirish’ the renowned John Grant reviewed it magnificently in one of the writer’s greatest essays.

UK / 96 minutes / bw / Beaver, Allied Film Makers, Rank Dir: Bryan Forbes Pr:Richard Attenborough Scr: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall Story:Whistle Down the Wind (1959) by Mary Hayley Bell Cine: Arthur Ibbetson Cast: Hayley Mills, Bernard Lee, Alan Bates, Diane Holgate, Alan Barnes, Roy Holder, Barry Dean, Norman Bird, Diane Clare, Patricia Heneghan, John Arnatt, Gerald Sim, Elsie Wagstaff, Hamilton Dyce, Howard Douglas, Ronald Hines, Michael Lees, Michael Raghan.

A number of movies have taken as their subject the mythopoeic tendencies of young minds, whereby they can generate fantastical explanations for misunderstood events, or even their own spiritualities—their own mythologies and religions, in fact. The Lord of the Flies (1963), based on…

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2 thoughts on “REBLOG: Countdown Nearly: Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

    • Thanks for the link to your account of the movie: interesting.

      I’m still puzzling over the spelling “Nearlie” in the WitD header, but have found I can change it in the reblog header — phew!

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