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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Eyes In The Night (1942)

Starring Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Horace McNally, Katherine Emery
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

When an old friend falls under suspicion of murder, a blind private eye searches for the real culprit, and discovers an intricate plot behind the murder.

Edward Arnold makes a fine protagonist in this neat little thriller, convincingly presenting himself as blind, but with the physical and mental skills to equal any seeing detective.  His bravado in confronting the film's villains never comes off as an act or as over the top, a credit to the actor's skill. The picture's cast includes a fine roster of talented character actors, while also showcasing young ingenue Donna Reed, and a well-trained canine, although comedy veterans Allen Jenkins & Mantan Moreland aren't given much to do.  Director Zinnemann, who delivers a skillfully made picture, would eventually go on to helm much bigger movies.

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