The Dark Eyes of London (1939)

UK, 1939
73m 20s
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Walter Summers.

Plot Summary

Mad Dr Orloff has been disgraced and is now running a shady insurance company in 's East End. What connection does he have with a series of mysterious murders, bodies turning up apparently drowned? And what is his relationship with the Reverend Dearborn and his home for the blind?


Directed by: Walter Summers
© [not given on screen]
John Argyle Productions Ltd presents
Distributed by Pathé Pictures Ltd.
Produced by: John Argyle
Production Manager: H.G. Inglis
Screen Play: Patrick Kirwan, Walter Summers, J.F. Argyle
Additional Dialogue: Jay Van Lusil
Adapted from the book by Edgar Wallace
Assistant Director: Jack Martin
Photography: Bryan Langley
Camera: Ronald Anscombe
Film Editor: E.G. Richards
Music Composed and Arranged by: Guy Jones
Organ Music by: C. King Palmer
Recording Supervisor: H. Benson
Sound Recording: A.E. Rudolph
Art Director: Duncan Sutherland
Production Assistant: George Collins
Produced at Welwyn Studios, Welwyn Garden City, Herts
The producers gratefully acknowledge the co-operation of The National Institute of the Blind

Bela Lugosi (Dr Feodor Orloff)
Hugh Williams (Detective Inspector Larry Holt)
Greta Gynt (Diana Stuart)
Edmon Ryan (Lieutenant O'Reilly)
Wilfred Walter (Jake)
Alexander Field (Fred Grogan)
Arthur E. Owen [Blind Lou] *
O.B. Clarence [voice of Dearborn] *
May Hallatt [Policewoman Grady] *
Bryan Herbert [Superintendant Walsh] *
Charles Penrose [Morrison] *
Gerald Pring [Henry Stuart] *
Julie Suedo [Orloff's secretary] *

Alternative Titles

Dead Eyes of London – alternative title
The Human Monster – USA
Occhi neri di Londra – Italy

Die Toten Augen von London (1961)



  • Filmfax no.61 (June/July 1997) p.42 – illustrated credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.1697 (26 October 1939) – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2017 (13 December 1945) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.6 no.71 (November 1939) p.200 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.137 no.7 (18 November 1939) – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.10 (October 1993) p.60 – note
  • Today's Cinema vol.35 no.4328 (20 October 1939) – note
  • Today's Cinema vol.35 no.4330 (25 October 1939) – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.65 no.5278 (12 December 1945) – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.67-68 – illustrated credits, review
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Senn pp.416-424 – illustrated credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.89 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 183 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.207 – credits
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.240-241 – illustrated review (by Stephen Jacobs)

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide March 2012 p.8 – illustrated listing