Whistle Down the Wind


1h 38m 1962

Brief Synopsis

Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she askes him who he was, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus and try to hide him from grown-ups.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 21 Apr 1962
Production Company
Allied Film Makers; Beaver Films
Distribution Company
Pathé-America Distributing Co.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; Burnley, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Whistle Down the Wind by Mary Hayley Bell (London, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

On a lonely farm in Lancashire, the three Bostock children--15-year-old Kathy, 10-year-old Nan, and 6-year-old Charles--rescue three kittens from drowning and hide them in their barn. When Charles wonders who will care for the animals, a Salvation Army woman tells him that Jesus will look after them. That night Kathy sneaks into the barn to see if the kittens are safe and stumbles upon a haggard, bearded man. When she asks him who he is, the stranger mutters "Jesus Christ" and collapses. The stunned child takes the man's words literally and races home to tell her sister. In the morning the children bring bread and wine to the man, unaware that he is actually a murderer on the run. Though the wondrous news of the Saviour's return reaches all the other children in the village, the secret is kept from the adults lest they take him away. At Charles's birthday party, Nan inadvertently betrays the man's presence to her Aunt Dorothy, and the police are quickly called. Fearful of hurting an innocent child, the murderer surrenders without a struggle and is quietly led away, as children from all over the countryside watch.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 21 Apr 1962
Production Company
Allied Film Makers; Beaver Films
Distribution Company
Pathé-America Distributing Co.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; Burnley, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Whistle Down the Wind by Mary Hayley Bell (London, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Quotes

Why are you helping me?
- The Man
Because we love you.
- Kathy Bostock
It ain't Jesus! It's just some fella.
- Charlie Bostock

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Burnley, Lancashire. Opened in London in July 1961.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1962 New York Times Film Critics.

Released in United States Summer August 21, 1961

Directorial debut for Bryan Forbes.

Released in USA on video.

Released in United States Summer August 21, 1961

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1962 National Board of Review.