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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

Writers:

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 »

Genres:

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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Trivia

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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German Shepard Vs. German Spies
22 October 2005 | by yonhopeSee all my reviews

There are many excellent moments in this spy caper, detective and dog drama, murder mystery. The dog does do his own stunts and he does them well.

There are hints at romance, here and there, with the maid and her jailbird hubby, the young Donna Reed and her mom's ex-boyfriend and even the butler and the dog are lovesick for their partners.

Donna Reed looks beautiful. This was before It's a Wonderful Life and The Donna Reed Show. There is one scene I can tell you about without ruining anything for you. Women dressed to kill in the 1940s. In those days you always complimented a lady's new hat no matter how awful it looked. The hat Donna Reed wears at the end of the movie is so awful nobody could muster the courage to fake a compliment.

Edward Arnold is jovial and believable as the blind detective. I especially like the scene where he teaches one of the goons how to play Solitaire. He is also great with his voice in the darkened scene in the basement. The director does a wonderful job with this film.

The play within a movie is a fun idea for introducing some of the villains.

This one is very watchable. The dog is really good in his scenes.

Tom Willett


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