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Dead Man's Eyes (1944)

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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Reginald Le Borg

Writer:

Dwight V. Babcock (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Dave Stuart (as Lon Chaney)
Jean Parker ... Heather Hayden
Paul Kelly ... Alan Bittaker
Thomas Gomez ... Captain Drury
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Welles
Edward Fielding ... Stanley Hayden
George Meeker ... Nick Phillips
Pierre Watkin ... Attorney
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Policeman
Acquanetta ... Tanya Czoraki
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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 <danno@nji.com>

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Screen's Newest Inner Sanctum Mystery! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuolleen miehen silmät See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Part of the original Shock Theatre package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »

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Followed by Strange Confession (1945) See more »

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The Scariest Thing is the Title
18 August 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

So what's so scary about a corneal transplant. Maybe if they had shown the eyes in a bottle or some of the surgery, there might be a shudder or two. Instead, we get close-ups of Chaney's bleary-eyed squint, which is sort of scary in itself.

This is a tepid Inner Sanctum entry, at best, more of a whodunit than a Chaney horror exercise. The plot is somewhat offbeat—can accidentally blinded artist Dave Stuart (Chaney) see well enough to be a killer, and if not, then who did murder two people. The only suspense is a routine one of finding the culprit. Then too, the damning piece of evidence strikes me as pretty far-fetched. I wish there were a memorable scene or some catchy dialog to recommend here, but there really isn't.

Perhaps the most notable feature is Paul Kelly's (Alan) really authoritative head doctor. He's totally credible. On the other hand, for fans of truly inept acting, there's Acquanetta (Tanya) whose dialog delivery is at times almost painful. Actually, I blame the studio for pushing her into a speaking role she was so clearly unprepared for. All in all, the offbeat premise has more potential than the rather cheap and clumsy treatment it gets here. Too bad.


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