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Night Has a Thousand Eyes is a 1948 film noir, starring Edward G. Robinson and directed by John Farrow. The screenplay was written by Barré Lyndon and Jonathan Latimer. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Cornell Woolrich.
The film opens in San Francisco, where John Triton (Robinson) is "The Mental Wizard", a nightclub fortune teller. During a show one evening, Triton suddenly urges an audience member to rush home, cautioning that her son is in danger. As the story unfolds, Triton struggles with his newfound psychic ability, as all of his relentlessly bleak predictions prove accurate. Jerome Cowan (of Maltese Falcon fame) plays Whitney Courtland, Triton's best friend, who becomes wealthy using tips from the now-psychic Triton.
The film is generally praised for its gloomy adaptation of Woolrich's writing. Time Out Film Guide, however (in spite of praising the cinematography by John F. Seitz), gives the thriller a negative review:
"Aside from the fine opening sequence -- Lund's rescue of Gail Russell from the brink of suicide, and discovery of her mortal terror of the stars -- a disappointing adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's superb novel."
In his book Art of Noir, Eddie Muller writes: "No film more faithfully captured Woolrich's sense of doomed predestination than Night Has a Thousand Eyes."
[Edward G. Robinson ...]
John Triton In flashback, we see how stage mentalist Triton starts having terrifying flashes of true precognition. His partner, Whitney Courtland, uses Triton's talent to make money; but Triton's inability to prevent what he foresees, causes him to break up the act and become a hermit.
[Editor's note: In order to find out the answer to these question you can watch the hard to find film below...[most importantly, watch the film before it's removed by you-tube or the you-tube poster...I wish that this film is one day restored by Criterion.
I love this film, and think it was an excellent adaptation of the Woolrich original. Gail Russell has the most incredible eyes.
Hi! Steve Press...
I like this film and have only visited it twice...Therefore, I must re-visit this film again and again...like I do a couple Of my favorite film noir.[s]
Thanks, for sharing your thoughts about the 1948 film based on Woolrich's novel "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes." [and actress Gail Russell's beautiful eyes... too! ]