Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)

80 mins | Horror | 22 October 1948

Director:

John Farrow

Producer:

Endre Bohem

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Editor:

Eda Warren

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Franz Bachelin

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A pre-production announcement in Paramount News lists Joan Caulfield as the film's star, but she was later replaced by Gail Russell.
       A panning shot early in the film reveals that "John Triton" lived at the Sunshine Apartments in the 400 block of W. Third Street in downtown Los Angeles, opposite the Angels Flight funicular ... More Less

A pre-production announcement in Paramount News lists Joan Caulfield as the film's star, but she was later replaced by Gail Russell.
       A panning shot early in the film reveals that "John Triton" lived at the Sunshine Apartments in the 400 block of W. Third Street in downtown Los Angeles, opposite the Angels Flight funicular railway. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Jul 1948.
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Daily Variety
12 Jul 48
p. 3, 11
Film Daily
15 Jul 48
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 47
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 47
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Oct 48
p. 7.
Los Angeles Daily News
21 Oct 1948.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Jul 48
p. 4226.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jul 48
p. 4241.
New York Times
14 Oct 48
p. 38.
Variety
14 Jul 48
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Onslow Stevenson
Bob Stephenson
Raymond Saunders
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Ed supv
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Cornell Woolrich (New York, 1945).
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 October 1948
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 13 October 1948
Los Angeles opening: 20 October 1948
Production Date:
late June--early August 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 October 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1887
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12609
SYNOPSIS

On a starry night in Los Angeles, a wealthy young woman named Jean Courtland tries to jump in front of a moving train, but is saved by her boyfriend, oil geologist Elliott Carson. Later, at a restaurant, Elliott accuses John Triton, a middle-aged aquaintance of Jean, of trying to steal her fortune by foretelling her death. In his defense, John relates the following story: Twenty years earlier, while touring with a magic act with his fiancée Jenny and his best friend, Whitney Courtland, John discovers that he can actually foretell the future. Whitney uses John's ability to amass a small fortune for the trio through gambling and playing the stock market. While onstage one night, John foresees Jenny's death following the birth of their first child. Believing Jenny's marriage to Whitney will prevent her death, John advises Whitney to buy a piece of oil-filled Oklahoma land, and disappears. Back in the present, Jean tells Elliott that her mother died in childbirth, despite having avoided marriage to John. Returning to his story, John continues: Three months earlier, John, who moved to Bunker Hill in order to be closer to Jean and Whitney, has a vision of Whitney dying in an airplane crash and tells Jean, who has never met John. She warns her father too late, however, and he dies in an airplane crash in New Mexico. Although Elliott doubts the veracity of John's "visions," Jean, aware that her father and John were once best friends, goes to him in trust. Sadly, he tells her that she will die within the week, under the stars. Back in the present, as day breaks, Elliott takes ... +


On a starry night in Los Angeles, a wealthy young woman named Jean Courtland tries to jump in front of a moving train, but is saved by her boyfriend, oil geologist Elliott Carson. Later, at a restaurant, Elliott accuses John Triton, a middle-aged aquaintance of Jean, of trying to steal her fortune by foretelling her death. In his defense, John relates the following story: Twenty years earlier, while touring with a magic act with his fiancée Jenny and his best friend, Whitney Courtland, John discovers that he can actually foretell the future. Whitney uses John's ability to amass a small fortune for the trio through gambling and playing the stock market. While onstage one night, John foresees Jenny's death following the birth of their first child. Believing Jenny's marriage to Whitney will prevent her death, John advises Whitney to buy a piece of oil-filled Oklahoma land, and disappears. Back in the present, Jean tells Elliott that her mother died in childbirth, despite having avoided marriage to John. Returning to his story, John continues: Three months earlier, John, who moved to Bunker Hill in order to be closer to Jean and Whitney, has a vision of Whitney dying in an airplane crash and tells Jean, who has never met John. She warns her father too late, however, and he dies in an airplane crash in New Mexico. Although Elliott doubts the veracity of John's "visions," Jean, aware that her father and John were once best friends, goes to him in trust. Sadly, he tells her that she will die within the week, under the stars. Back in the present, as day breaks, Elliott takes Jean home to rest, then goes to the police, who tell him that Whitney's propeller shaft had been tampered with, which suggests that he was murdered. Meanwhile, Jean asks John to stay with her at the Courtland house, where he hopes to prevent her death. Also at the house are a group of oilmen who, before Whitney's death, were planning a merger with the Courtland oil interests, and are now in search of option papers. While in the house, John foresees his own death by gunfire, as well as details involving Jean's death: She is to die at eleven o'clock the following night, beneath the stars, following a sudden hot wind, the breaking of a vase, and a flower being crushed beneath a foot. She will also die near the feet of a lion after the words "There is no danger now" are spoken. On the night that John makes the predictions, someone tries to smother Jean with a pillow, and John is blamed. The following night, John is away from the house being interrogated by police psychologists. As Jean waits in terror for eleven o'clock to arrive, all of the details of John's vision begin to unfold. Minutes before eleven, the killer pushes the hands of the Courtland grandfather clock ahead so that when the hour chimes, Jean believes she has been spared and steps into the garden. As the killer speaks the words "There is no danger now," then begins to strangle Jean, John arrives and saves her, but is shot by the police, who think he is an accomplice to the murder. The assailant turns out to be one of the oilmen who opposed the Courtland merger. As John lies dead at his feet, Elliott, who now believes John sacrificed himself for Jean, retrieves a letter from John's pocket that foretells his own death during Jean's rescue. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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