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The Night Has Eyes (1942)

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of ... See full summary »

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Leslie Arliss

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Alan Kennington (from the novel by), Leslie Arliss
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Stephen Deremid
Wilfrid Lawson ... Jim Sturrock
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Ranger
Joyce Howard ... Marian Ives
Tucker McGuire ... Doris
John Fernald John Fernald ... Dr. Barry Randall
Dorothy Black Dorothy Black ... Miss Fenwick
Amy Dalby Amy Dalby ... Miss Miggs
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Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of Stephen, one-time pianist shellshocked in the Spanish Civil War. Doris flees as soon as the flood subsides; but Marian's suspicions about Evelyn's fate, in conflict with her growing love for Stephen, prompt her to stay on among the misty bogs. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She loved the man, even though she thought he was a murderer!


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Language:

English

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1 June 1942 (UK) See more »

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Moonlight Madness See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Marian and Doris both teach at Carne House Secondary School for Girls. See more »

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Despite Sturrock's many protestations to the contrary, the Capuchin is indeed a monkey. See more »

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The Night Has Eyes
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Williams
Played on piano by James Mason (dubbed)
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semi-horror film
14 October 2018 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

James Mason stars in this semi-horror film along with Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare, and Joyce Howard.

Joyce plays Marian who, with her horny friend Doris (Tucker McGuire) head for the Yorkshire moors with a mission. Their good friend Evelyn was lost on these moors a year earlier, and Joyce and Doris want to find out what happened to her.

A good-looking doctor (John Fernald) meets the women on the train and offers them a ride. For reasons known only to themselves, they decide to get out and walk at a certain point. A tremendous storm opens the skies, and one of the women is almost lost in the bogs that are like quicksand.

They are saved by an ex-serviceman Stephen (Mason) who lives with a housekeeper and a handyman on the moors. The women have no choice but to spend the night, and, when there's flooding, they have to stay the next day.

Stephen is very brusque, mysterious, and wants them gone. They soon learn why.

Pretty good, atmospheric film with some nice performances. My big problem was that the Joyce Howard character fell madly in love with Mason after knowing him for five minutes.

You'll figure this out pretty quickly, as the direction to the actors (in my opinion) made it obvious. A little underplaying would have been nice on the part of one of the actors.


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