Night Has A Thousand Eyes : The Film - The Book
I'm sorry, Elliott (John Lund). I'm so sorry that I put you in the position where you had to save Jean (Gail Russell) from committing suicide. And I'm sorry to you too, Jean. I'm so sorry that my clairvoyant ability led you to try to take your own life in the first place.
But I must confess; I wasn't always like this. About twenty years ago I was just your run-of-the-mill stage performer called John Triton (Edward G. Robinson). Who worked with Jean's Mum and Dad -- Jenny and Whitney (Virginia Bruce and Jerome Cowan) -- entertaining the masses with my so called premonition act.
Then one fateful night something strange happened to me. Something that made me perceive peoples future's in my mind. Not intentionally of course. No. Not at all. It just came to me out of the blue, as if some invisible hand was forcing me to see things I wouldn't normally be able to see.
Admittedly, my 'special gift' was a good thing for all of us at first. As it gave us the opportunity to help those around us. However, as time past, I saw what this ability truly was at face value. A curse. A curse I couldn't control no matter how hard I tried.
Well, come on, why else would I thrust your parents together in matrimony, Jean? Moreover, why do you think I hid away for all those years, just so I could keep those people I love at arms length?
It didn't work though. Did it, Jean? Especially where your Mum and Dad were concerned! One by one they both died from natural causes and air travel, even though I did try to warn you about Whitney beforehand.
Still. That is most probably why what next transpires all begins anew when Elliot asks Lieutenant Shawn (William Demarest) to see if I'm lying or not. As some visions do - some vision lie - some visions save - and some visions die.
Now the first few words that flew out of my mouth after watching, 'Night Has a Thousand Eyes', were, 'My God! What a f*cking fantastic film! Why in hell haven't I heard about it before?'.
Well, just take into consideration how this story is structured for example. The first five minutes is dedicated to a fiancé saving his fiancée from killing herself. The next twenty minutes explains the circumstances surrounding the fiancées predicament, whilst simultaneously relaying an origin story of the man who instigated this event to begin with. The next twenty minutes after that is mainly focused on the man in question, setting up who he is, what he does, plus how he met the fiancée to instigate the initial narrative. And finally, the remainder of this film concentrates on keeping the fiancée alive, as well as if the man who started this adventure was telling the truth or not.
Hey! I hope I've done this movie some justice with my brief summation, cause it is well worth seeing. Furthermore, I have to also mention how great Edward G. Robinson and William Demarest are in this picture too. For Ed, he just makes you believe in everything he says and does no matter how far fetched it may appear. Whilst for Will, his character allows us to doubt Edward's origins when the moment arises. In fact, Ed and Will complement each other so much during the latter part of this piece, I would have truthfully liked there to have been more scenes with them in it together.
Admittedly, according to this film it's all of these things rolled up into one. But then again is that a cop out answer or something that needs further explanation?
Hmm. A great film. A classic film. Nuff said.
THE RATING: A