Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 27 min
National Film Board of Canada
This short documentary, shot on the mean streets of Vancouver’s downtown east side, explores the underbelly of big city life with one tough cop who cares. Bernie "Whistling" Smith’s methods of policing are old school and unorthodox. In the year he has been in charge of his beat, crime has dropped by over forty per cent. To the petty criminals, drug users and prostitutes he encounters, he is more than just the iron hand of the law – he is a friend and counsellor.
Whistling Smith was produced as part of the National Film Board’s PacifiCanada series, which aired on CBC television in early 1975. The film received an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Short Subject and won a Canadian Film Award for Sound Re-Recording.