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The Arnelo Affair (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 February 1947 (USA)
Anne Parkson feels neglected by her lawyer-husband Ted, so she falls in love with night-club owner Tony Arnello, a shady character who is a client of her husband's. This being a MGM picture... See full summary »

Director:

Arch Oboler

Writers:

Jane Burr (story), Arch Oboler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Hodiak ... Tony Arnelo
George Murphy ... Theodore 'Ted' Parkson
Frances Gifford ... Anne Parkson
Dean Stockwell ... Ricky Parkson
Eve Arden ... Vivian Delwyn
Warner Anderson ... Det. Sam Leonard
Lowell Gilmore ... Dr. Avery Border
Archie Twitchell ... Roger Alison (as Michael Branden)
Ruth Brady Ruth Brady ... Dorothy Alison
Ruby Dandridge Ruby Dandridge ... Maybelle - Parkson's Maid
Joan Woodbury ... Claire Lorrison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Wilcox ... McKingby (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Anne Parkson feels neglected by her lawyer-husband Ted, so she falls in love with night-club owner Tony Arnello, a shady character who is a client of her husband's. This being a MGM picture and MGM known to strive for General Audience ratings and avoid the dreaded Adult Audience tag, any affair that takes place is barely implied. Tony, a no-goodnik, kills Claire Lorrison, but Anne's compact is found near the body. Arnello threatens her with exposure unless she keeps quiet, as she is the only one who knows he is guilty. This being an Arch Oboler film, it is also filled with lots of "stream of consciousness" techniques in which the audience is able to share the thoughts of the central character. Oboler is highly praised in some quarters for bringing this from his radio programs where, of course, it was needed to let the radio audience know what was going on. In films, it comes off as just somebody talking to themselves. Gifford talks to herself a lot in this one, mainly about whether to... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It was just a "flirtation" until it became an "affair"! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El caso Arnelo See more »

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Budget:

$892,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Monday 29 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Seattle Thursday 15 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by Philadelphia Friday 30 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Thursday 13 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Altoona PA it first aired 5 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Minneapolis 8 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Chicago 21 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 31 December 1957 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

The newspaper report of the murder spells the word 'clue' as 'clew'." The use of the word "clew" for "clue" is old British English, high-brow, literary spelling of the word. It is now considered archaic. See more »

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Referenced in Akvaariorakkaus (1993) See more »

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The Heroine holds one expression all through the Movie
12 November 2007 | by dougandwinSee all my reviews

I have just caught this Movie on TCM, and can understand why George Murphy went into Politics if this was the best MGM could serve up to him. It is so slow-moving that the attempt to make it a real film-noir effort does not come off. It featured two of my favourite

players in Eve Arden (completely wasted) and Dean Stockwell(the best actor in the Film), but what really hit me was that the leading lady Frances Gifford went through some 90 minutes (it seemed longer!) without changing the expression on her face--her fainting scene was comical. John Hodiak played his role OK, but the script let him, and the rest of the cast, down very badly. I gave it 4 stars mainly because of the photography. It would have been on the first half of the Program when double features were the go.


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