Eyes in the Night

Overview

This DVD is a genuine surprise, not only as one of the very few MGM titles (and the only mystery that this reviewer can think of) to turn up on a public domain list, but also for the sheer quality of the source material. Some of Alpha Video's work is very good, but Eyes In The Night is the best this reviewer has seen, with a source print as good as any seen on a public domain DVD to date and with no technical flaws whatsoever. The six chapters are hardly adequate to break down this movie, which is about as ...
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Overview

This DVD is a genuine surprise, not only as one of the very few MGM titles (and the only mystery that this reviewer can think of) to turn up on a public domain list, but also for the sheer quality of the source material. Some of Alpha Video's work is very good, but Eyes In The Night is the best this reviewer has seen, with a source print as good as any seen on a public domain DVD to date and with no technical flaws whatsoever. The six chapters are hardly adequate to break down this movie, which is about as complicated as the plot to any of the Thin Man movies, but that simply shows off the limitations of Alpha Video's productions -- the authoring and the transfer of the disc are perfect, and the sound is as good as anything in Alpha's (or any other public domain company's) library. What's more, the movie has so many virtues, owing to its origins, that this is one low-priced DVD that will pay dividends of several hundred percent in value.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 089218410795
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,013

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Arnold Capt. Duncan Maclain
Ann Harding Norma Lawry
Katherine Emery Cheli Scott
Horace (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
Ivan Miller Herman
William Nye Hugo
Frances Rafferty Girl
Milburn Stone Pete
Walter Tetley Boy
Frank Thomas Police Lieutenant
Fred Walburn
Marie Windsor Actress
Robert Winkler
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [14:43]
2. Chapter 2 [14:10]
3. Chapter 3 [13:10]
4. Chapter 4 [10:01]
5. Chapter 5 [15:29]
6. Chapter 6 [11:56]
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