CAPTAIN DUNCAN MacLAIN FILM COLLECTION - 2 DVD-R.
Blinded in World War I, wealthy, dashing Captain DUNCAN MACLAIN moves to New York and sets up a detective agency, aided by his partner, Spud Savage and his secretary Rena. Rounding out the staff are Duncan's two specially trained German Shepherds, Schnuke and Driest. When he's not solving crimes, Duncan whiles away the time reading (in Braille) and doing giant jigsaw puzzles. Later on in the series, Duncan found time to marry the lovely Miss Sybella Ford, owner of a decorating shop. The Maclain books are exciting, well written adventures even if there are a few pulpy gee-whizzes sprinkled here and there, and it's a true crime that Kendrick and Maclain are now almost forgotten. At least good enough to inspire a handful of B-films in the forties, including a couple starring the decidedly stout Edward Arnold as the blind detective. They weren't great, although Eyes in the Night has a few unintentionally hilarious moments of scenery chewing, as Arnold pretends to be drunk. There was also a TV appearance with Robert Middleton as Maclain, and in the seventies, Longstreet, a television series that featured a blind insurance investigator based upon "characters created by Baynard Kendrick."
These films were originally produced long before the advent of High Definition TV, therefore they are best viewed on a small screen. HD TVs tend to stretch and skew the picture. Set your HD TV on 4:3 aspect ratio. (That was the old TV format). Please do not expect DVD or Commercial level DVDs from these films.
EYES IN THE NIGHT (1942)
THE HIDDEN EYE (1945)