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

I got a hunch something's gonna happen

I ain't gonna like.

You won't mind this.

That's right.


Careful, max! You know I'm delicate!

There's a kind of monotony about this.

You're not hurt, are you?

No. I'm getting so I enjoy it.

What you just saw is my triple macnasty.

It should be a must for

all of us detectives.

Marty is a sucker for it.

Oh, I got another little item

That I think you coppers should know.

Come on, Herman.

You'll pardon me.

Oh, it won't hurt you.

Peter, come on, let's try it.

Let me have your gun.

What's the matter with you, Friday?

It's all right. He's

a minion of the law.

Now, come on.

Here, put the gun in my back.

I'm walking along.

I hope my insurance is paid up.

You see? It's all in the timing.

Hey, will you get this malamute off me?!

Relaxing, ain't it?

Let him up, Friday.

Excuse me, boys. Come along, Friday.

Can't see anybody today, Alistair.

Friday, Alistair will answer

this time, if you don't mind.

Can't you get it through your head -

Dogs don't answer doorbells?

Yes, ma'am?

I'm Mrs. Lawry. Is captain McClain in?

I'm sorry, ma'am. Captain

McClain is not receiving today.

He's consulting.

Oh, but I'm an old friend.

I'm sure he'd want to see me.

I'll just wait.

I know, ma'am, but, uh...

he said, "don't let nobody in. "

And if I don't let them in,

he says, "do let them in. "

Dog, where is you going?

Innocent as a lamb, ain't you?

Well, if you're entertaining any ideas

About getting into my department,

You're treading on the edge of disaster.

What are you looking at?

Very cunning.

Now, what is you looking at?

So that's it!

Why, you double-Crossing canine!

I'll disconnect you!

Boss, I'm a man with patience,

But that dog -

Well, never mind that.

Who was at the door?

That blamed dog has

even got me forgetting

What I'm supposed to be doing.

All right, all right.

Who was at the door?

There's a lady, sir. A lady?

All right, give me the blue

coat and the polka-Dot tie.

And your tan shoes?

And the tan shoes.

Yes, sir.

At it again, right under my nose!

You really should tell new servants

About old friends, captain McClain.


Hello, Friday.

I even brought you some roses.

Ah, they're lovely.

You know, too few ladies

bring me roses these days.

Oh, Mac, old friend,

it's good to see you.

It's good to see you, too, Norma.

You're just as beautiful as ever.

The only time I mind not having

eyes is when you're around.


Come, let's sit down.

Can't keep your sniffer

out of the roses, can you?

I had forgotten that

Friday was allergic to them.

So, you've given up the

theater for good, huh?


And do you think Lawry is worth it?

Being married to Stephen

Is the most exciting

career I ever had, Mac.

He's a great man.

Mm-Hmm. A great man, indeed.

He's one of the best

scientific minds we have today.

And heaven knows, we need him.

I'm glad you came to me, Norma.

I think your father would

have expected me to help you.

You do need help, don't you?

Yes, but how did you know?

Oh, the tone of your voice,

The way you tapped your cigarette.

Serious trouble?

Pretty serious.

Need a detective?

What I really need is someone

to commit a murder for me.

Oh, I can do that for

you anytime you want.

Who is the victim?

Do you remember Paul Gerente?


The dreariest leading man you ever had,

And when you told me that

you were engaged to him,

I wanted to take you over my knee.

Well, he's back. He's

back in my life again.

He's a leading man in that

summer theater near our home.

And he's making love to

my stepdaughter, Barbara.

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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