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Nitrate Treasures: Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Night Has a Thousand Eyes
June 11, 2017 - 7:00 pm

News of the Day  (1948)

Vol. 19, No. 291

The Democrats meet in Philadelphia to nominate Truman; Israel's flag goes up over the port of Haifa after British troops withdraw from Palestine; and a preview of America’s athletic prowess at track and field trials in Evanston, Illinois before the London Olympics.

35mm, b/w, 6 min.

Nitrate print!

Little Brown Jug  (1948)

After a squirrel has a few too many nips of the hard stuff and causes a spill at “Ye Old Cider Mill,” the whole forest gets tipsy in this whimsical sing-along cartoon.

35mm nitrate, color, 8 min.  Production: Famous Studios.  Distribution: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  Directed by Seymour Kneitel.

Nitrate print!

Movies Are Adventure  (1948)

This promotional film produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences touts the thrills and excitements that await you at the local movie theater — and which can't be had on your newfangled television.

35mm nitrate, b/w, 10 min.  Director: Jack Hively.

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Nitrate print!

Night Has a Thousand Eyes  (1948)

Right from the opening sequence in which a seemingly possessed young heiress (Gail Russell) throws herself desperately in front of a moving train, this haunted noir comes packed with “highly-charged atmosphere” (Variety).  At the center of all the doom is Edward G. Robinson as John Triton, a stage mentalist who suddenly discovers he can actually see the future and becomes overwhelmed by grim, fatalistic visions.  Jerome Cowan plays his partner who exploits Triton’s powers for profit until Triton disappears. Ironically enough, this saga of man tormented by the future unfolds largely in flashback as the young woman’s boyfriend (John Lund) searches for the reason behind her suicide attempt.  Director John Farrow keeps this adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich novel moving at a brisk thriller’s pace through deepening shadows.

35mm nitrate, b/w, 80 min.  Production: Paramount Pictures Inc.  Distribution: Paramount Pictures Inc.  Director: John Farrow.  Producer: Endre Bohem.  Based on the novel Cornell Woolrich.  Screenwriter: Barré Lyndon, Jonathan Latimer.  Cinematographer: John F. Seitz.  Editor: Eda Warren.  Music: Victor Young.  Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund, Virginia Bruce, William Demarest.