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Eyes in the Night (1942)

A blind detective and his seeing-eye dog investigate a murder and discover a Nazi plot.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

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Baynard Kendrick (book), Guy Trosper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Arnold ... Duncan 'Mac' Maclain
Ann Harding ... Norma Lawry
Donna Reed ... Barbara Lawry
Stephen McNally ... Gabriel Hoffman (as Horace McNally)
Katherine Emery ... Cheli Scott
Allen Jenkins ... Marty
Stanley Ridges ... Hansen (as Stanley C. Ridges)
Reginald Denny ... Stephen Lawry
John Emery ... Paul Gerente
Rosemary DeCamp ... Vera Hoffman (as Rosemary de Camp)
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Boyd
Barry Nelson ... Mr. Busch
Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield ... Victor
Steven Geray ... Mr. Anderson (as Steve Geray)
Mantan Moreland ... Alistair
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Storyline

Blind detective Duncan Maclain is visited by old friend Norma Lawry, looking for help in getting rid of one of her old beaus, who is courting Norma's 17-year old step-daughter. When the old beau is found murdered, Norma is the chief suspect until Duncan (aided by his guide-dog Friday) pays a visit to her home and uncovers a plot to steal her husband's military secrets for the enemy. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A Dark Labyrinth of Terror...And Murder!!! See more »

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Ojos en la noche See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the butler/enemy agent Hansen confronts Duncan MacLean loudly playing the organ in the middle of the night, Hansen ruffles his own hair to appear as if he has been sleeping and just awakened - although he knows that MacLean cannot see his appearance. See more »

Quotes

[talking to Duncan Maclain's dog]
Alistar: I'm off to the Harlem Squash and Tennis Club to meet my dream girl.
[Alistar opens the door and the dog flattens him to pursue a female canine in the street]
Alistar: Why, you wolf!
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Followed by The Hidden Eye (1945) See more »

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Very Good Suspense Feature That Deserves to Be Better Known
14 July 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With an interesting plot, some suspenseful sequences, and a very effective performance by Edward Arnold, "Eyes in the Night" deserves to be much better known. Although its story contained a wartime message, as a whole it rises well above a mere message piece. It has numerous strong points, and not the least of them is director Fred Zinnemann, who scores a success in one of his earlier full-length features.

Arnold heads up a good cast as a blind but very resourceful detective, and he makes the character both interesting and believable. The story gives Arnold a lot of good opportunities, and he makes the most of them. The suspenseful basement sequence could almost have served as a prototype for a similar though much more elaborate sequence in the Audrey Hepburn classic "Wait Until Dark".

Ann Harding, a young Donna Reed, and Reginald Denny are also in the cast, and while they and the other characters cannot compete with Arnold, they all do a solid job. But the standout of the supporting cast is the dog 'Friday', who gets some of the best moments, and who performs very well.

The fast-paced story begins as a murder mystery, but as things slowly become clear, the last half focuses more on espionage and suspense. The story has its less plausible elements, to be sure, but it is all entertaining. It is just as good as a number of other movies from the era that are much better known, and it is well worth the time to watch.


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