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Mr. Arkadin
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Director:
Writers:
Orson Welles (story)
Orson Welles (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Two words whispered, two men dead... See more »
Plot:
An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Lesser Welles, but that still means it's great See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Gregory Arkadin

Michael Redgrave ... Burgomil Trebitsch

Patricia Medina ... Mily

Akim Tamiroff ... Jakob Zouk

Mischa Auer ... The Professor
Paola Mori ... Raina Arkadin
Katina Paxinou ... Sophie
Grégoire Aslan ... Bracco

Peter van Eyck ... 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)
Annabel Buffet ... Parisian woman with bread (as Annabel)

Gert Fröbe ... First Policeman - Munich (as Gert Frobe)
Eduard Linkers ... Second Policeman - Munich (as Eduard Linker)
Manuel Requena ... General Martinez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Vidal
Emilio Fornet ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Manolita G. Fraile ... (uncredited)
José González Talavera ... (uncredited)
Mateo Guitart ... (uncredited)
Gordon Heath ... Pianist (uncredited)
Gary Land ... (uncredited)
Vicente Martín ... (uncredited)
Sergio Mendizábal ... (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Mersen ... Uncredited (uncredited)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... (uncredited)
Sergio Orta ... (uncredited)
Carmen Rambla ... (uncredited)
Gustavo Re ... Italian police in Naples port (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Airport Control Tower Operator (uncredited)
Emilio G. Ruiz ... (uncredited)
Jacinto San Emeterio ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles 
 
Writing credits
Orson Welles (story)

Orson Welles (screenplay)

Produced by
Louis Dolivet .... producer
Orson Welles .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Misraki 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Bourgoin 
 
Film Editing by
Renzo Lucidi 
William Morton (uncredited)
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Gil Parrondo (uncredited)
Luis Pérez Espinosa (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Arcadio Ochoa .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Francisco Puyol .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michel Boisrond .... production manager (uncredited)
Juan N. Solórzano .... production manager: Spain (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isidoro M. Ferry .... assistant director (as Ferri)
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as Jose Mario Ochoa)
José Luis de la Serna .... assistant director (as De La Serna)
 
Art Department
Francisco Prósper .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Enrique de la Riva .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound re-recordist (as Jacques Carrere)
Jacques Lebreton .... sound
Jaime Torrens .... sound engineer: Spain (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Rodier .... camera operator
Louis Stein .... camera operator
Félix Mirón .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Julio Ortas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Rafael Pacheco .... still photographer (uncredited)
Raúl Pérez Cubero .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Colette Cueille .... assistant editor
Lolita López .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Antoñita Moreno .... saeta singer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Johanna Harwood .... script clerk (as Johanna Horward)
Jacques Laird .... researcher (as Jacqueline Laird)
Julio de Fleischner .... supervising director (uncredited)
Alfredo Ruescas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... production assistant (uncredited)
Billie Whitelaw .... dubbed voice: Paola Mori (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
93 min | France:95 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:98 min (TCM print) | USA:105 min (2006 Restored Version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Ultraviolet High Fidelity Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
"Mr. Arkadin" was created from three episodes of the 1951-52 radio program "The Lives of Harry Lime": "Man of Mystery" (AKA "Greek Meets Greek"), "Murder on the Riviera" and "Blackmail Is an Ugly Word". Arakdin is based mostly on the first of the three and centered on a character named Gregory Arkadian. Primary characters and set-ups are taken from the other two episodes.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The shadows of the crew and camera operator are clearly seen at the very end of the film when the convertible drives off.See more »
Quotes:
Gregory Arkadin:A scorpion wanted to cross a river, so he asked the frog to carry him. The frog refused because the scorpion would sting him. That would not be logical, explained the scorpion, because if he stung the frog they would both drown. So the frog agreed to carry the scorpion. Half way across, the frog felt a terrible pain - the scorpion had stung him. There is no logic in this, exclaimed the frog. I know, replied the scorpion, but I cannot help it - it is my nature.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Stille Nacht, heilige NachtSee more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Lesser Welles, but that still means it's great, 17 July 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

It certainly doesn't rank as one of Welles' masterpieces. It moves too quickly, and it was obviously made cheaply (and he doesn't use this to his benefit, as he would a decade later when he made Chimes at Midnight). The sound is really bad, as it is in a couple of Welles' other late films. The screenplay is rather choppy, and I had difficulty following it at times (perhaps due to the quality of the sound recording). It also, at times, feels like a Frankenstein picture - that is, themes and styles from Welles' other films seem balled together to make Mr. Arkadin. It is most often compared with Citizen Kane. Both are about men researching the life of a great man, Charles Foster Kane and Gregory Arkadin. However, I feel that this comparison is more incidental than important. Mr. Arkadin is of an entirely different genre. It is a thriller, and it reminded me much more of The Stranger and The Lady from Shanghai than Citizen Kane. The basic story is as follows: a small-time blackmailer named Guy Van Stratten (Robert Arden) is hired by the mysterious billionaire Gregory Arkadin to research his past. You see, Mr. Arkadin is an amnesiac. One morning, he woke up with a briefcase full of Swiss money. From there, he built an empire. Now he wants to find out who he was before that morning. Van Stratten flies all over the world following clues. What he discovers is that Arkadin's past is quite ugly. This part of the film reminds me of The Stranger. Van Stratten soon realizes that he's being played for a sucker by Arkadin, which is very reminiscent of The Lady from Shanghai. Mr. Arkadin is also Welles' first attempt at comedy (he'd play this angle in a more sophisticated way in The Trial and Chimes at Midnight). The characters who are interviewed by Van Stratten are such a wacky crew, Felliniesque, I would say. There are several exceptionally entertaining interviews, and a lot of crazy characters. The last is played by the great character actor Akim Tamiroff, who delivers one of his funniest performances. Stylistically, Mr. Arkadin reminds me of Welles' previous film, The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice. The editing is choppy and the dialogue spoken too quickly to register. In the end, the film just seems too rushed. It's a fun film, but I'm guessing that I won't remember any of it in a few hours. Perhaps it will seem better to me in the future. 8/10.

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