Green Eyes

Overview

Based on H. Ashbrook's novel The Murder of Stephen Kester, Green Eyes gets off to a powerful start when host Stephen Kester (Claude Gillingwater) is found stabbed in a closet during a weekend masquerade party. The principal suspects are Kester's daughter Jean (Shirley Grey) and her fiancé Cliff (William Bakewell), whose planned marriage had been violently opposed by Jean's father. One of the party guests, mystery writer Bill Tracy (Charles Starrett), suggests to Inspector Crofton (John Wray) that there were ...
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Overview

Based on H. Ashbrook's novel The Murder of Stephen Kester, Green Eyes gets off to a powerful start when host Stephen Kester (Claude Gillingwater) is found stabbed in a closet during a weekend masquerade party. The principal suspects are Kester's daughter Jean (Shirley Grey) and her fiancé Cliff (William Bakewell), whose planned marriage had been violently opposed by Jean's father. One of the party guests, mystery writer Bill Tracy (Charles Starrett), suggests to Inspector Crofton (John Wray) that there were others who wanted to see Kester dead, notably his business associates Pritchard (Alden Chase) and Hall (Arthur Clayton). When Hall commits suicide, leaving a note confessing to the murder, Crofton is satisfied -- but Tracy isn't. The "gimmick" in this well-crafted independent meller is its double-edged ending, in which two logical conclusions to the case are offered, each cancelling the other out.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The unusual and rather gimmicky ending notwithstanding, Green Eyes is a rather tedious whodunit whose slow plot offers an audience plenty of time to marvel at the extravagant sets, far beyond, one would think, what a minor company like Chesterfield could afford. In reality, the palatial surroundings came courtesy of Universal, where the poverty row studio filmed almost all their thrillers until 1935 when the company switched to the former home of Pathé. Meanwhile, everything in Green Eyes happens exactly as you would expect and only the glowing orbs of the title -- in reality merely a mask worn by Claude Gillingwater -- are the least bit out of the ordinary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • UPC: 089218439093
  • Original Release: 1934
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 92,748

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Grey Jean Kester
Charles Starrett Bill Tracy
John Wray Inspector Crofton
William Bakewell Cliff
Dorothy Revier Mrs. Pritchard
Ben Hendricks Jr. Regan
Arthur Clayton Hall
Aggie Herring Dora
Edward Keane Raynor
Edward J. Le Saint Banker
Robert W. Frazer Broker
John Elliott Chemist
Lloyd Whitlock Howe
Elmer Ballard Lenox, the Butler
Stephen Chase Pritchard
Claude Gillingwater Stephen Kester
Frank S. Hagney Policeman
Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
M.A. Anderson Cinematographer
George R. Batcheller Producer
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Melville Shyer Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [12:12]
2. Chapter 2 [9:44]
3. Chapter 3 [10:48]
4. Chapter 4 [12:17]
5. Chapter 5 [13:08]
6. Chapter 6 [9:46]
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