The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

24 02 2012

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes—B. Weisman/D. Wayne/M. Garrett, 1963 (Recorded February 24, 2012) The short film of Bobby Vee’s 1964-65 version of this tune—replete with nubile teenagers on the beach doing the Frug and the Twist—popped up on YouTube a couple of days ago, and I just had to record it. This is me singing and playing the Earnest La Paula uke, with a bit of reverb added to give it a surfy sound.

The song was written as the theme for the ’48 film noir flick of the same name, which starred Edward G. Robinson. I have not seen the movie, but based on this IMDb synopsis, I’ll have to seek it out:

When phony stage mentalist Triton [Robinson] mysteriously acquires supernatural powers of precognition, he becomes frightened and abandons his act [for a life] of anonymity.

I’ve been schooled! A kind listener has informed me that the Bobby Vee tune is quite a different song from the one written in 1948 by Buddy Bernier and Jerry Brainin (check out the comments section, below, for our discussion). I was led astray by misinformation in one of my printed resources, the book “Who Wrote That Song?” by Dick and Harriet Jacobs. Their listing also confuses the two tunes, stating that the older tune was covered by Bobby Vee. Gah! People often consider Wikipedia’s reliability to be suspect. In this case, Wikipedia was right and the book was wrong. My thanks go to MaggieMac for pointing me in the right direction.

I still want to see the E. G. Robinson movie. ;°)



3 responses

24 02 2012

Just thought I would point out that there are 2 songs named The Night Has Thousand Eyes, one from 1948 and a totally different one from 1963. The Bobby Vee hit from 1963 and the scopitone video you mentioned here, from about 1965 or 1966 (with a different recording of the song than the 1963 hit record version) from a few years later have nothing to do with the 1948 film, and the 1948 song. The history of scopitones is interesting too! Wikipedia has the basic information about the song here. Thanks!! 🙂

24 02 2012
Patsy Monteleone

Brilliant! Thank you so much for the clarification. I should have listened more closely to my copy of Paul Desmond playing the older tune. It’s obviously different! I’ll amend my post to reflect this update.

Thanks for checking in.

24 02 2012

You’re welcome!! 🙂

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