Eyes in the Night

Synopsis: Blind detective Duncan Maclain is visited by old friend Norma Lawry, looking for help in getting rid of one of her old beaus, who is courting Norma's 17-year old step-daughter. When the old beau is found murdered, Norma is the chief suspect until Duncan (aided by his guide-dog Friday) pays a visit to her home and uncovers a plot to steal her husband's military secrets for the enemy.
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Director(s): Fred Zinnemann
Production: MGM
80 min

She's 17. She's very headstrong.

Well, she's completely gone on him.

She's Stephen's only

child. He adores her.

And for Stephen's sake,

as well as for her own,

I felt I simply had to tell

her what a rotter Paul is.

But Paul has poisoned her

mind against me already.

He's made her believe that

I am still in love with him,

That I'm playing the role

of the discarded woman.

Imagine, me burning up with jealousy

Because he happens to

prefer a younger woman.

Well, that's what he's told her.

And worse than that, he's convinced her

That I married her father for his money.

By now, of course, the child hates me.


- I don't know if I can help you on that.

I'm only a gumshoe.

But offhand, I would

say one thing, though.


You've got to have a talk with Gerente.

Oh, Mac, you don't seem

to understand at all.

I loathe the man.

My dear, you seem to

be forgetting one thing.

You're not just another woman

That's been treated badly by Gerente.

You're this girl's mother now,

And your husband expects

you to look after her.

She's your responsibility.

What would I say to him?

Go to him, tell him you're going to

fight him, show him that you mean it.

Well, try it.

If it doesn't work, we'll

- We'll figure out something else.

Ohh, Mac, I never even come to see you

Except when I'm in trouble.

What are old friends for?

Goodbye, darling, and thank you.

I'll go to see him right away.

That girl. Goodbye, dear.

Friday, show the lady to the door.

Oh, beg your pardon.

Oh, it's you, Paul!

Norma, darling!

Here, wait a minute

while I turn on the light.

I'm the last one out. I

was just leaving for town.


With the footlights,

we'll both feel at home.

Oh, but won't you sit down?

Well, my flower, it is

good to see you again.

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Guy Trosper

Guy Trosper (March 27, 1911 – December 19, 1963) was an American screenwriter. He came to prominence in Hollywood because of his scripts for two baseball movies: The Stratton Story in 1949, a big hit for James Stewart, and The Pride of St. Louis in 1952, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. This led him into a highly fertile creative period, during which he wrote the screenplays for Elvis Presley's breakout hit Jailhouse Rock in 1957, the complex western One-Eyed Jacks in 1961, and Birdman of Alcatraz in 1962, which he also produced. Trosper's last screenplay before his premature death was an adaptation of John le Carré's 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The film was released in 1965; Trosper (posthumously) and co-writer Paul Dehn received a 1966 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. more…

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