Reflections in a Golden Eye

Synopsis: US Army Major Weldon Penderton is stationed on a base in the American south. He and his wife Leonora Penderton are in an unsatisfying marriage. Weldon is generally a solitary man who in his time alone tries to bolster his self image as he feels less than adequate as a man and a major. He does not want to viewed like Captain Murray Weincheck, who has been bypassed for promotion time and time again solely because he is seen as being too sensitive. Self absorbed Leonora, when not focused on her passion of horses and riding, tries to maintain the facade of being what she sees an officer's wife should be while she carries on an affair with their next door neighbor, married Colonel Morris Langdon. Morris' wife, Alison Langdon, suffered a nervous breakdown three years ago after miscarrying, she still with that nervous constitution. Alison is generally drawn toward sensitive types, such as Captain Weincheck and their faithful flamboyant Filipino houseboy, Anacleto. Peripheral to the Pendertons
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 nomination.
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108 min

Private Williams!

Report to Major Penderton's house

for a work detail.



I'm going for a ride, Weldon.


What do you mean,

"just a little scratch"?

Look at that! He's been kicked.

It's just a nick, ma'am. He ain't hurt.

Where's my boy? The boy

that takes care of Firebird?

- Private Williams?

- I guess so.

Why, ma'am,

he's up at your house.

What do you mean, my house?

What's he doing up there?

He's doing some work for the major.

I asked Weldon to have

the garden tilled out in the back.

I've invited so many people

to my party...

...they're just gonna spill

out of the house.

Come on, you sweet old thing.

All right, now, private. This...

This section of woods

is to be cleared here.

Take away all the undergrowth

and the briar and the bushes.

Any of the limbs of the large trees

growing at a level of less than six feet...

...are to be cut away.

You understand?

- Yes, sir.

- That's a level of less than six feet.

- Yes, sir.

- Fine.

Now, your boundary

will be this large oak tree here.

You won't have to clear beyond it...

...just from the edge of the grass here

to the oak tree there.

I'll expect you

to complete this work today.

All the tools we've got

will be found in the garage.

I'll be back sometime

late this afternoon.

Listen, I think that the thing

we all overlook, everybody forgets... that who really knows...

...what happened to her in her mind?

Nobody knows that.

- Also...

- "Also"? Also what?

Hell, Leonora,

it's been three months.

Now, she hasn't tried

to do anything like that since...

...and she seems to be okay.

Oh, what does that prove, Morris?

That Alison really is all right?

Well, yes, I guess so.

She hasn't tried to do it again.

How could she?

What she did is something a lady

can only do once, now, isn't it?

Give me your cap.

I want to pick some blackberries.


Now let's take

two things Clausewitz says.

First, the theory of warfare

tries to discover... we make any preponderance

of physical forces...

...and material advantages

at a decisive point.

And two, one of the strongest

weapons of offensive warfare... the surprise attack.

Now, I would not like

to improve on Clausewitz...

...but I would say

that the night detect... one of the strongest weapons

of offensive warfare.

We can look to Major General Terry Allen

when he commanded his forces in Africa.

He employed the night detect

to the maximum.

Economy of force...

Economy of force.

Concentration, surprise, security...

...offensive action,

movement, cooperation.

All of these have their application

in the night operation.


Susie, I'm home!

Hi, there, soldier.

- Hi.

- Hi.

Wait a minute.


I think I'll have my drink

out here.

I might as well do those invitations

while I'm at it too.


...I heard you were here this morning,

down at the stables.

My Firebird has been kicked.

- How?

- That, I would like to know.

Probably by some damn mule, or maybe

they put him in with the mares.

I was pretty mad about it.

I asked for you.

Thanks, Susie.

Soldier, do you want a drink?

Want a drink, soldier?

- No, ma'am.

- Don't you ever drink?

- No, ma'am.

- Not ever?

No, ma'am.


Evening, Leonora.

There they are. All 64 of them.

I hope I haven't left anybody out.

How do you spell "cordially"?


C-O-R-D-I-A-double L-Y.

Oh, no!

Don't tell me I have to do them

all over again.

Well, I expect you better.

Oh, God.

What's the matter with you?

Private, the whole idea

was in the big oak tree.

The instructions were to clear

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Chapman Mortimer was the pen name of William Charles ("W. C.") Chapman Mortimer (born 15 May 1907 died 1988), a Scottish novelist. He won the James Tait Black Award for fiction in 1951 for his novel Father Goose. more…

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