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The Hidden Eye (1945)

Blind detective Duncan Maclaine relies on his working senses to piece together an assortment of clues to solve a case of murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Hampton
Phillip Treadway
Barry Gifford
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Insp. Delaney (as Thomas Jackson)
Francis Pierlot ...
Sondra Rodgers ...
Helen Roberts
Theodore Newton ...
Gibbs - Chauffeur
Raymond Largay ...
Arthur Hampton (as Ray Largay)
Leigh Whipper ...
Burton Lorrison


Blind detective Duncan Maclaine relies on his working senses to piece together an assortment of clues to solve a case of murder.

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New adventures of the blind detective and his seeing eye dog!




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2 January 1946 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Det dolda ögat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecast took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 15 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 2 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it was first aired in New York City 19 February 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by San Francisco 20 October 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


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28 October 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Blind detective Duncan Maclain is asked for help by a young woman whose fiancé is the prime suspect in a murder. This is the second Duncan Maclain movie starring Edward Arnold. The first, Eyes In the Night, was released in 1942. I'm not sure about the reason for the gap between the movies. If MGM was trying to launch a series of B detective movies around this character, one would assume they would have produced them quickly. Maybe this was filmed years before it was released. I don't see that info here on IMDb but that makes more sense than them waiting three years to make a follow-up to a B programmer that wasn't a huge hit to begin with. There's something very odd about the opening minutes of this one. The audio appears to be dubbed. The actors' lips are in sync with the words but it still seems off. You'll see what I mean.

Edward Arnold is always worth a look. Reliable Ray Collins leads a so-so cast backing up Arnold. The weakest part is Frances Rafferty, whose overwrought performance borders on hysterics half the time. It's amusing at first but quickly annoying. She's very pretty, though. Audrey Totter has one small scene but it's a great one. Not a bad B detective movie. The pace is good and there's a nice amount of humor sprinkled throughout. The mystery itself isn't much of a mystery as the killer is revealed to be the most obvious suspect about halfway into the movie. I really wanted it to be the fiancé because his scenes with Rafferty were insufferably corny. If you're a fan of these kinds of movies I'm sure you'll enjoy this enough. Definitely not a waste of an hour so give it a shot.

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