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Friday, July 12, 2013

Dead Man's Eyes (1944)

Dead Man's Eyes is the third of six films under the label Inner Sanctum Mysteries.  Director Reginald Le Borg is back again and gives the story a nice pacing with lots of energy among its twists and turns.  The screenplay is very good and keeps the viewer guessing who the murderer is through most of the film.  

Lon Chaney Jr. is back as well.  This time he plays David Stuart, a talented artist who is blinded by an accident caused by his model and his own carelessness.  Chaney is as dependable as ever and does a really nice job with this role.  The female characters are not as strong this time out.  This is especially true of Jean Parker [Little Women] who plays his fiance.  She employs an acting style typical of the 1940's which doesn't translate well to modern audiences.  She's O.K. but lack the intensity of the actresses in the second film of this series,  Weird Woman.

I won't spoil it for you by taking about the plot.  It's the strongest element of the film here and is meant to be enjoyed as it unfolds.  Unlike the first film in this series, Calling Dr. Death, which was terribly predictable, Dead Man's Eyes has a few surprises up its sleeve which I'm certain went over well with 1940's audiences.  In spite of the weak female cast, I give this one a Very Good rating because of its storyline.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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