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Dead Man's Eyes (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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.


Reginald Le Borg


Dwight V. Babcock (original screenplay)




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


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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MURDERED!... But his eyes lived to condemn his killer...! See more »


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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 »


Followed by Strange Confession (1945) See more »

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Love is blind but so is Chaney
25 March 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Lon Chaney, Jr. plays an artist who is engaged to beautiful Jean Parker and has exotic Acquanetta lusting after him. Sounds like a charmed life. But then this genius goes and accidentally puts acid in his own eyes! Chaney's now blind and must await a donor for a cornea transplant. Parker's father offers his corneas, to be removed after he dies. But someone up and kills the old guy and it looks to everybody like Chaney might have done it to speed things up.

This enjoyable entry in Universal's Inner Sanctum mystery thriller series is directed by Reginald Le Borg. Chaney is great in this series. I'm sure he enjoyed getting a break from the monster movies he was making at this time. He gives his all in every Inner Sanctum movie. A really good cast here to back him up. Jean Parker is lovely as always. Thomas Gomez, Paul Kelly, and Jonathan Hale are all great support. Acquanetta is nice to look at but probably the worst actress Universal had in any of their movies. Her monotone line delivery is dreadful.

This isn't one of the best of the series but it's good. The biggest problem, aside from Acquanetta's poor acting, is that the mystery part is unsurprising. The killer is obvious, despite all of the red herrings they have in place. Still, it's fun and fans of the series and Chaney will enjoy it.

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Release Date:

10 November 1944 (USA) See more »

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Inner Sanctum #3: Dead Man's Eyes See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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