Dead Man's Eyes

1944

An artist (Lon Chaney Jr) is blinded by a jealous assistant/model. His fiance's father generously offers his eyes for a sight restoring operation. there's only one hitch. Chaney has to wait until after the man dies. Not surprisingly, when the benefactor dies a very premature death, suspicion falls on the artist.

Cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. .... David Stewart
Jean Parker .... Heather Hayden
Acquanetta .... Tanya Czoraki
Paul Kelly .... Dr. Alan Bittaker
George Meeker .... Nick Phillips
Eddie Dunn .... Police Guard Moriarty
Jonathan Hale .... Dr. Sam Welles
Thomas Gomez .... Capt. Drury
Edward Fielding .... Stanley Hayden
John Elliott .... Trevers the Butler
David Hoffman .... Voice of the Inner Sanctum
Rex Lease .... The Cabbie
Pierre Watkin .... The Lawyer

Jean Parker

Jean Parker, born Lois Mae Green was born of Louis Green, a well-known gunsmith and hunter, and Melvina Burch, one of eighteen children of a pioneer family that came to Deer Lodge from the Missouri area. Jean's maternal grandfater was a presbyterian minister. Jean lived with both her mother and father, the latter of whom in her early years was head chef at the landmark Green Hotel in Pasadena, California. Before being discovered by Ida Koverman, Louis B. Mayer's personal assistant, Jean was an accomplished gymnast, and was adopted by the Spickard family of Pasadena during her formative years when both her father and mother were unemployed during the Great Depression. Jean had entered a poster painting contest and won for portraying Father Time. She made several important films in her career, including the Ghost Goes West with Robert Donat; Sequoia, with Russell Hardie; Little Women, with Joan Bennett and Katharine Hepburn; Operator 13, with Marion Davies and many other fine films. After several successful trips cross country entertaining injured servicemen during World War II, she lost her successful flying service, co-owned with Doug Dawson in Palm Springs, and moved on to New York to star in the play Loco. She also starred on Broadway with Bert Lahr in Born Yesterday, briefly filling for Judy Holliday. Her husband, actor Robert Lowery, played opposite her as Brock in the play for a short stint. Jean is now 85, and lives at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, CA. She has one son, Robert, an executive with the City of Los Angeles who makes his home in Redondo Beach, CA; and two grandchildren, twin girls.

Measurements: 33B-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

aaaAcquanetta

Born Burnu or Mildred Davenport. Various reports indicated differing stories of Acquanetta's origins. It has been stated that she was born near a reservation of Arapaho Indian parents in Ozone, near Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1920, as a torrid Latin temptress from Venezuela, and also that she was from Norristown, a Pennsylvanian mining community. Born on an Arapaho reservation in Wyoming, Acquanetta grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and began her professional career as a top- salaried Manhattan model. New York columnists fabricated a South-of-the-Border background for the girl they dubbed "The Venezualan Volcano", and she soon landed in Hollywood with a contract at Universal Pictures.After graduating from High school, Acquanetta went to New York to become a model. On her way to South America to perform at Copacabana, she stopped over in Hollywood, where independent producer Walter Wanger spotted her and found her a bit part in ARABIAN NIGHTS. Universal Studios liked what they saw and signed her to a contract. They then created the non-speaking role of Paula Dupree, the Ape Woman, which ran for three films (the last being portrayed by Vicky Lane). She had also been assigned to appear as 'Amina Mansouri' in The Mummy's Ghost 1944, until she had an accident on the set and Ramsay Ames replaced her. After Universal, she joined RKO where she appeared in TARZAN AND THE LEOPARD WOMAN, her only starring role in a big-budget production. She drifted into obscurity shortly afterwards, appearing in small supporting roles thereafter. In the Fifties, she was hosting a radio and TV show on a local Arizona channel representing her current husband's Lincoln-Mercury dealership.