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Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)

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When phony stage mentalist Triton mysteriously acquires supernatural powers of precognition, he becomes frightened and abandons his act to live of anonymity.



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Complete credited cast:
Gail Russell ...
Elliott Carson
Lieut. Shawn
Richard Webb ...
Peter Vinson
Jerome Cowan ...
Whitney Courtland
Onslow Stevens ...
Dr. Walters (as Onslow Stevenson)
John Alexander ...
Mr. Gilman
Roman Bohnen ...
Melville Weston
Luis Van Rooten ...
Mr. Myers
Henry Guttman ...
Mary Adams ...
Miss Hendricks
Douglas Spencer ...
Dr. Ramsdell


When heiress Jean Courtland attempts suicide, her fiancée Elliott Carson probes her relationship to John Triton. In flashback, we see how stage mentalist Triton starts having terrifying flashes of true precognition. His partner, Whitney Courtland, uses Triton's talent to make money; but Triton's inability to prevent what he foresees, causes him to break up the act and become a hermit. Years later, Triton has new visions and desperately tries to prevent tragedies in the Courtland family. Can his warnings succeed against suspicion, unbelief, and inexorable fate? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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22 November 1948 (Sweden)  »

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A Noite Tem Mil Olhos  »

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Adapted for radio in the 40s as an episode of "Screen Directors' Playhouse," an NBC radio show that featured condensed audio versions of contemporary films. 'Edward G. Robinson' and most of the original cast reprised their roles for radio. See more »


John Triton aka 'The Mental Wizard': [to Jean and Elliott] I, uh, suppose that most people when they're looking back can see the exact point where their lives are touched by something... a new job, an unexpected inheritance, a quick decision, but I can't. My destiny came upon me... imperceptibly like
[Indicating with his finger]
John Triton aka 'The Mental Wizard': the first thin drops of rain are noticed on a window pane. It wasn't until the third or fourth or fifth drops that I became aware of this rain that was to engulf my life. I remember the date, August 3, 1928....
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Referenced in Pieces (1982) See more »


Nobody Knows the Trouble I Feel
Traditional Negro spiritual
Played by Jerome Cowan on piano
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Intriguing film noir with Robinson and Russell
19 April 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

According to "The Films of Edward G. Robinson", this entry in the 2008 Film Noir Series at the Egyptian on April 18, was pretty much dismissed by critics and the star itself. After all, this came right after his masterful performance in John Huston's "Key Largo", for which he teamed up with Humphrey Bogart for the last time. This film barely shows up in Gail Russell's bio, who's probably best known as John Wayne's co-star in "Angel and the Badman", the first time he utters "pilgrim", as that was what she played. However, "Night" did generally get a positive response with modern audiences. Director John Farrow, father of Mia, provided a good atmosphere and generally kept the narrative at the good pace. It begins with John Lund, the third name above the title, saving Russell from suicide. From there, they meet Robinson at a restaurant and who has already ordered exactly what they want. Then, he tells in flashback that he actually knew her parents quite well. As played by Virginia Bruce and Jerome Cowan, hey manage his clairvoyant act in which he actually gets glimpses of the future. In fact, he actually quits when an unfortunate event happens that I won't give away. Where he retires to is of special notice to old time Angeleno fans. He's seen going to his Bunker Hill residence from taking Angel's Flight. It is from there he brings the audience back to the present. Of special interest among the cast is William Demarest, who appeared in just about every Preston Sturges comedy during this time period. Playing straight, he's nevertheless is quite comical as the dumb police detective. The ending is actually quite well written. It has an intriguing twist and some of the best prose Robinson's voice was ever given to speak. A great film noir.

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