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Confidential Report (1955)
"Mr. Arkadin" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  2 October 1962 (USA)
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An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Burgomil Trebitsch
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Mily
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Jakob Zouk
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The Professor
Paola Mori ...
Raina Arkadin
Katina Paxinou ...
Sophie
Grégoire Aslan ...
Bracco
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Thaddeus
Suzanne Flon ...
Baroness Nagel
Robert Arden ...
Guy Van Stratten
Jack Watling ...
Marquis of Rutleigh
Frédéric O'Brady ...
Oscar (as O'Brady)
Tamara Shayne ...
Woman in Apartment (as Tamara Shane)
Terence Longdon ...
Secretary (as Terence Langdon)
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Storyline

Guy Van Stratten, American smuggler, leaves an Italian prison term with one asset, a dying man's words about wealthy, mysterious Gregory Arkadin. Guy finds it most pleasant to investigate Arkadin though his lovely daughter Raina, her father's idol. To get rid of Guy, Arkadin claims amnesia about his own life prior to 1927, sending Guy off to investigate Arkadin's unknown past. Guy's quest spans many countries and eccentric characters who contribute clues. But the real purpose of Guy's mission proves deadly; can Guy himself survive it? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Two words whispered, two men dead... See more »


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Release Date:

2 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dossier secret  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 5,615,940 (Spain)
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| | (TCM print) | (2006 Restored Version)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Ultraviolet High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The voices of Mischa Auer (The Professor) and Frédéric O'Brady (Oscar) are dubbed by director Orson Welles. See more »

Goofs

When he meets Guy van Stratten, Jakob Zouk's beard is much heavier in close-ups. See more »

Quotes

The Professor: Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else. Crooks aren't the worst people, they're just the stupidest. The fleas of the world.
Guy Van Stratten: And murder?
The Professor: My friend, after twenty thousand years, murder is still a business that's mainly in the hands of the amateurs.
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Connections

Featured in The Society of the Spectacle (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Played by the band outside Zouk's apartment building
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It's really an amazing movie
24 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, compared to other Welles films, this one had been even more chopped up by his producers than "The Magnificent Ambersons" was. Yes, it's a hodge podge with quite a similar theme reminding the viewer of "Citizen Kane". It's also my favorite Orson Welles movie. Not the best, but my favorite.

There plenty of amazing acting and set pieces. Patricia Medina, Michael Redgrave, Akim Tamiroff, Mischa Auer, and especially Katina Paxinou all terrific. And beautiful Suzanne Flon, an obscure actress who also played a notable in John Huston's "Moulin Rogue" is seen here. There's plenty of typical, wonderful Welles directorial touches and set pieces.

Not to be missed.....Criteron really did a superb job piecing together the various version to create as close to Welles' own vision as was possible. Kudos to Peter Boganovich for his involvement.

Other than "Citizen Kane", most of Welles' films were botched up either by his own financial problems, Studio interference or just just plain weird bad luck. This new reconstruction puts "Mr. Arkadin", easily the most botched up of his films, on a level pegging and it's absolutely worth your time. (original review 2004, edited and updated 2008)


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