Summary: Michael Duane hunts for his fiancée, Lenore Aubert
Cornell Woolrich wrote the story filmed as "The Return of the Whistler". The Whistler trappings make for a comfortable way to embed the rather nightmarish story that engulfs Michael Duane and his bride-to-be Lenore Aubert, who are doing nothing more than eloping on a dark and rainy night. Everything seems to go wrong, and before long Aubert even goes missing. Richard Lane turns up as a private investigator.
The movie has one foot heavily in noir due to the twists and turns in Woolrich's story, enough so to make this a good watch for noir fans. Director D. Ross Lederman, while efficient and capable, does not go out of his way to provide noir visuals. However, the feeling of entrapment is well-developed at several junctures in the movie, like in the sequence in a sanatorium.
The movie moves along nicely. It's engaging, well-produced and the cast is capable.