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Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 22 October 1948 (USA)
When phony stage mentalist Triton mysteriously acquires supernatural powers of precognition, he becomes frightened and abandons his act to live of anonymity.


John Farrow


Barré Lyndon (screenplay), Jonathan Latimer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... John Triton
Gail Russell ... Jean Courtland
John Lund ... Elliott Carson
Virginia Bruce ... Jenny
William Demarest ... 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 - Special Prosecutor
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Mr. Myers
Henry Guttman Henry Guttman ... Butler
Mary Adams ... Miss Hendricks - Housekeeper
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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For Good or Bad...Would You Like to Know What Your Tomorrow Will Be? Before You Decide...See the Strange Story of "Triton the Great!" See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. A popular favorite among local television audiences, it was first telecast both in Philadelphia on WCAU (Channel 10) and in Chicago on WBBM (Channel 2) Wednesday 7 January 1959, in St. Louis Thursday 8 January 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4) and in New York City Wednesday 28 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). In first aired in Milwaukee 5 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Phoenix 21 May 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Seattle 23 July 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Omaha 1 October 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Johnstown 1 December 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), in Asheville 30 December 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Pittsburgh 9 April 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2), and in Minneapolis 30 August 1960 on WTCN (Channel 11). 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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The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
By Buddy Bernier and Jerry Brainin
[Performed as a rhumba by an unknown ensemble as background music of a party scene]
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The spirit of Woolrich. Can you feel it ?
3 October 2000 | by Sergeant-4See all my reviews

A jewel in the rough. A small little movie with a great Edward G. Robinson. The loneliness of Triton is played with a big intensity by him. Story, actors and shooting of the film is both, film noir and drama of loneliness and being lost, quite as it is Woolrich's credo in a lot of his novels and screen adaptations. This is one of its best. Eight points.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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