Whistling Smith

Whistling Smith

1975 / Canada / 27min

This film is a revealing portrait of a tough cop with a big heart. Sergeant Bernie "Whistling" Smith walks the beat on Vancouver's Eastside, the hangout of petty criminals, down-and-outs and a variety of characters. His policing is unorthodox. To many drug users, petty thieves and prostitutes in this economically depressed area he is more than the iron hand of the law, he is also a counsellor and a friend.


  • Original title
    Whistling Smith
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Donald Brittain
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Henry Fiks
  • Editing
    Marrin Canell, Michael Scott
  • Music
    Larry Crosley
  • Sound
    Fraser McAninch
  • Duration
    27 min
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    • Canada
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