In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »
In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly ... See full summary »
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
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[talking to Duncan Maclain's dog]
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]
Why, you wolf!
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Overcoming the fears connected with World War Two was indeed difficult for citizens who were not physically challenged. For those who were, it must have added yet another burden. Duncan Maclain (Edward Arnold) as a detective who is visually challenged leaves no doubt that he will indeed solve the a murder and uncover a Nazi plot. The only real mystery is how he will go about doing it. There is little question in this film that the Nazi spy ring is more of a threat to America than is the murder; in fact, the film could probably do well simply confronting the Nazi threat. The message is clear. If someone who cannot see can aid in the war effort, so can others. So much the better if one had Friday (his dog) to help in the attempt. In a word, Americans in 1942 were beginning to understand what the British had already learned, that, sooner or later, everyone would be needed for the war effort.
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