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The House of the Arrow (1953)

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A rich old lady dies in bed and leaves all of her money to her recently adopted daughter, who is quickly accused and exonerated of her murder. But that most British of questions remains. Who dunnit? (1953; B&W)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oskar Homolka ...
Inspector Hanaud
Robert Urquhart ...
Jim Frobisher
Yvonne Furneaux ...
Betty Harlowe
Josephine Griffin ...
Ann Upcott
Harold Kasket ...
Boris Wabersky
Pierre Lefevre ...
Detective Maurice Thevenet
Pierre Chaminade ...
Detective Moreau
Jacques Cey ...
Police Commissaire Giradot
Keith Pyott ...
Gaston, the butler
Andrea Lea ...
Francine, the maid
Rene Leplat ...
Hanaud's Clerk
Anthony Nicholls ...
Lawyer Jarrett
Ruth Lodge ...
Nurse Jeanne Baudin
Colette Wilde ...
Woman in Window
Jeanne Pali ...
Jeanne Marie Harlowe
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A rich old lady dies in bed and leaves all of her money to her recently adopted daughter, who is quickly accused and exonerated of her murder. But that most British of questions remains. Who dunnit? (1953; B&W)

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More Suspects Needed
26 November 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Pretty good mystery movie from a pretty good writer in A.E.W. Mason ("The Four Feathers", "Fire Over England"). The big surprise here, though, is Oscar Homolka as Insp. Hanaud, a charismatic, urbane figure unlike any Homolka has ever played. He is cleaned up, shorn of bushy eyebrows, hair combed back and dressed like a fashion plate instead of his usual rumpled old self.

He carries the picture by himself and the producers probably spent most of their money on his salary, as the rest of the cast are unknowns and the whole production looks to have been made at the British equivalent of one of Hollywood's Poverty Row studios.

I didn't read the book but I think Mason shortchanged his story by leaving us with only three suspects to choose from. The plot is a good one and it keeps you guessing right to the end, which comes up on us rather abruptly. If you get a chance, see it, you will like it. And, like me, you can wonder what could have been if it were made at a bigger studio.


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