Convinced that he will never learn railroading in the Detroit offices of the mighty Transcontinental system; headed by his father, Gordon Harrington (Frank Sheridan), Gordon Harrington Jr., (George O'Brien) takes to the road. He soon comes to be known as "Whispering Smith" because he lowers his voice when he becomes excited. After weeks of hard railroading work, he becomes track walker for the antiquated Blake line, and is attraced to its general manager, Nan Roberts (Irene Ware). Rebstock (Edward Keane), a representative of Transcontinental atttempts to buy Nan's farm when he learns that it contains tungsten ore. "Smith" investigates and soon discovers the truth behind the offer with the aid of his two old cronies, Bill Prouty (Vic Potel) and Cal Stone (Spencer Charters). Quickly securing and option on the Blake line. "Smith" takes a Transon engine and races it through the signals to Detroit.
WHISPERING SMITH SPEAKS
Black & white
Tagline: Here's the excitement of taking a death curve at ninety! Here's the romance of open spaces! Here's your favorite star in a new and surprising role!
Based on characters created by Frank H. Spearman
Screenplay by Don Swift and Daniel Jarrett
Adaptation by Rex Taylor and Gilbert Wright
Directed by David Howard
Starring George O'Brien as JOHN "WHISPERING" SMITH
Also starring Irene Ware, Kenneth Thomson, Maude Allen, Spencer Charters, Victor Potel, Edward Keane, Frank Sheridan, William V. Mong, Maurice Cass