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Lon Chaney Jr.,
J. Edward Bromberg
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An artist (Lon Chaney Jr) is blinded by a jealous assistant/model. His fiance's father generously offers his eyes for a sight restoring operation. there's only one hitch. Chaney has to wait until after the man dies. Not surprisingly, when the benefactor dies a very premature death, suspicion falls on the artist. Written by
The Inner Sanctum mysteries afforded Lon Chaney the chance to stretch his acting chops, sans heavy monster makeup and "Dead Man's Eyes" may be the best of the lot, along with "Strange Confession".
Chaney is a struggling artist who one day accidentally washes his eyes with acid, blinding him & leading to his prospective father-in-law drawing up an agreement that upon his death, his eyes should be used for an operation to restore Chaney's sight. Of course, the old man ends up getting murdered, leading to a pretty involving whodunit as Chaney & the police try to solve the mystery of Dad Hayden's murder.
I don't know if the Inner Sanctum mysteries get much respect from critics, but I found most of them to be very engaging & this was definitely one of the better ones. I'm a big fan of Lon Chaney Jr., I think he deserves to be put up there with the all-time greats of horror, Karloff, Lugosi, Price.
At barely over an hour, Dead Man's Eyes is an entertaining mystery.
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