I am looking for the name of a 1960s (or earlier) - black & white movie - that involved a normal human having an (airplane?) accident and being stranded in a valley of people with no sight.

I specifically remember that it looked as if the actors and actresses who had no eyes had slight depressions where their eyes would be. These blind people had definitely overcompensated by developing their other senses.

The movie went out of its way to falsify the adage of "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". He is hunted after they realize he is "different". He (and his romantic interest) finally escape through a narrow passage in the mountains surrounding the valley to our" normal" world.

  • Take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit any more details. Specifically things like when you read it, or where?
    – Edlothiad
    Mar 13, 2017 at 10:20
  • Sounds like it is based on H G Wells's "The Country of the Blind". Jan 17, 2023 at 21:13

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I'm almost certain this is the Teleplay written in 1962 for the TV Series "The DuPont Show of the Week" titled "The Richest man in Bogota". It was an hour long episode that aired on the 17th of June.

This story is based on the Short Story by H.G.Wells titled "The Country of the Blind"

Plot points:

The isolated community prospered over the years, despite a disease that struck them early on, rendering all newborns blind.

Nuñez begins reciting to himself the refrain, "In the Country of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King"

As user14111 said in the comments, you can read it online from Project Gutenberg or listen to it at LibriVox

Here is a still from that episode:
Richest Man in Bogota still

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    After reviewing the short story and the few stills available, I am convinced that this is the story I've been trying to remember for several decades. It certainly made an impression on me; I was eleven at the time I saw it.
    – Yoshi Bro
    Mar 13, 2017 at 10:48
  • @YoshiBro, sorry I can't find any video of it, will keep looking though!
    – Edlothiad
    Mar 13, 2017 at 10:49
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    @YoshiBro There is a list of adaptations of "The Country of the Blind" at the Wikipedia page. The story is available at LibriVox and Project Gutenberg.
    – user14111
    Mar 13, 2017 at 10:50

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