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Eyes in the Night
     

Eyes in the Night

Director: Fred Zinnemann, Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Katherine Emery

Cast: Fred Zinnemann, Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Katherine Emery

 

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Edward Arnold made the first of his two screen appearances as Bayard Kendrick's blind detective Captain Duncan McLain in MGM's Eyes in the Night. The plot is set in motion by Norma Lawry (Ann Harding), whose stepdaughter Barbara (Donna Reed) has been keeping company with washed-up actor Paul Gerente (John Emery). Norma feels that Gerente, an ex-lover of hers,

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Edward Arnold made the first of his two screen appearances as Bayard Kendrick's blind detective Captain Duncan McLain in MGM's Eyes in the Night. The plot is set in motion by Norma Lawry (Ann Harding), whose stepdaughter Barbara (Donna Reed) has been keeping company with washed-up actor Paul Gerente (John Emery). Norma feels that Gerente, an ex-lover of hers, is a bad influence for Barbara, but the girl merely assumes that Norma wants Gerente all to herself. When the ageing actor is murdered, Barbara assumes that Norma committed the crime. Rather than go to the police, Norma heads to her old friend Duncan McLain, but when the detective arrives at the scene of the murder, the body has disappeared. Detecting the odor of violets in the room, McLain uses this tiny clue to build a case against a gang of Nazi spies, headed by the Lawry's butler Hansen (Stanley Ridges), with whom the late Mr. Gerente had been collaborating. Just knowing who did it isn't enough in this case, however: getting the drop on McLain and his associates, the villains hold the detective and Lawry prisoner until they are able to get their hands on a secret formula developed by Barbara's father (Reginald Denny). In true movie-serial fashion, it is McLain's faithful seeing-eye dog Friday (played by "himself") who saves the day. A "B" picture with "A" entertainment value, Eyes in the Night proved successful enough to warrant a sequel, 1945's The Hidden Eye.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Eyes in the Night turns on a gimmick, that of a blind detective, which premise has been used in books, TV and films a number of times. Although its use in Eyes requires a stretching of belief in some cases, it is used mostly effectively here, helping to add interest to a screenplay that is otherwise nothing more than a routine thriller. It's put together well enough, but with little to distinguish it other than its gimmick. That Eyes manages to stand out slightly is due more to its cast and director than it script. Edward Arnold is quite good as the detective, using his imposing girth to good effect and letting that distinctive growl of a voice lend force to simple statements. Arnold's bulldog face is a bit more relaxed here than in many of his filsm, but he's still an imposing presence. He gets solid support from Ann Harding, Donna Reed and his quite good dog, Friday. In his second feature, Fred Zinnemann is competent and assured. He is not yet in a position to really make a mark, but his work keeps the picture moving and involving -- and his "in the dark" shoot-out is really quite inventively done.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2015
UPC:
0644827403325
Original Release:
1942
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
22,535

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Arnold Capt. Duncan Maclain
Ann Harding Norma Lawry
Katherine Emery Cheli Scott
Stephen McNally Gabriel Hoffman
Allen Jenkins Marty
Stanley Ridges Hansen
Reginald Denny Stephen Lawry
John Emery Paul Gerente
Rosemary de Camp Vera Hoffman
Erik Rolf Boyd
Barry Nelson Busch
Reginald Sheffield Victor
Steven Geray Anderson
Mantan Moreland Alistair
John Butler Driver
Cliff Danielson Boy
Dog: Friday Actor
Ivan Miller Herman
William Nye Hugo
Frances Rafferty Girl
Milburn Stone Pete
Walter Tetley Boy
Frank Thomas Police Lieutenant
Fred Walburn Actor
Marie Windsor Actress
Robert Winkler Actor
Edward Kilroy Pilot
Donna Reed Barbara Lawry

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Jack Chertok Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Lennie Hayton Score Composer
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Stanley Rogers Art Director
Howard Emmet Rogers Screenwriter
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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