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Dead Man's Eyes (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 10 November 1944 (USA)
When an artist is blinded, his fiancée's father offers an operation to restore his sight. When the benefactor suddenly dies, the artist becomes a suspect.



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Cast overview:
Dave Stuart (as Lon Chaney)
Heather Hayden
Alan Bittaker
Captain Drury
Dr. Welles
Edward Fielding ...
Stanley Hayden
Nick Phillips
Eddie Dunn ...


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 <danno@nji.com>

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10 November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kuolleen miehen silmät  »

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1.37 : 1
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Third of the six films in Universal's INNER SANCTUM series, which began March 14, 1944, and was released October 6. See more »


Follows Calling Dr. Death (1943) See more »

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When a painter gets blinded...
6 April 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Now this is about the most horrible thing that can happen to a painter: when Dave Stuart is just about to finish his masterpiece, of which he hopes he can get enough money to marry his fiancée Heather, his beautiful but somewhat stupid model Tanya mixes up the bottles in his bathroom - and instead of eye fluid, he puts acid into his eyes and is blinded! And now, of course, he feels completely useless, and out of decency he tells Heather he can't marry her; which suits Tanya just fine, because she, who's in love with him too, can play his nurse now and make him dependent on her... But there still is hope: the eye specialist explains that a pair of eyes from a dead man could be transplanted to him, and there's a small chance that he'll be able to see again; and Heather's father, who still loves Dave like a son and wants his daughter to become happy with him, arranges in his will that as soon as he dies, Dave will get his eyes - and that puts the old man in GREAT danger...

Another "Inner Sanctum" mystery full of suspense, jealousy and psychology (Dave's best friend Alan actually is a psychiatrist), with lots of twists and turns to the intricate plot, REALLY eerie moments especially during the transplantation scenes, and marvelous acting, particularly on the part of Lon Chaney Jr. as the blinded artist - a REAL gem among the murder mysteries of the 40s!

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