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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 ... Maybelle - Parkson's Maid
Joan Woodbury ... Claire Lorrison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Wilcox ... McKingby (scenes deleted)
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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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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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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 »

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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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predictable B film
7 March 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Frances Gifford gets mixed up in "The Arnelo Affair," a 1947 film also starring George Murphy, John Hodiak, Eve Arden and Dean Stockwell. In fact, the film was on TCM as part of Dean Stockwell's birthday. He certainly was an adorable little boy.

Gifford plays Anne Parkson, the neglected wife of a successful attorney, Ted Parkson (Murphy). One night, Ted brings home a shady client, Tony Arnelo (Hodiak), who owns a nightclub. Arnelo has an immediate attraction to Anne and, upon learning that she has dabbled in room design, he invites her to decorate his club. Of course, he couldn't care less if his club ever gets decorated or not. Though Anne hasn't yet said "yes," he gives her a key to his place after their first meeting and invites her back the next day at 2. She arrives the next day and is confronted by an actress-girlfriend of Tony's. Tony slaps the woman and the frightened Anne runs away, the compact that her husband gave her falling out of her purse. The next day, she sees in the paper that the woman has been killed. In exchange for the compact and a letter he later steals, Tony wants Anne.

This is a good-looking film, with beautifully tailored mens suits on Hodiak and Murphy and smashing clothes for Gifford and Eve Arden, who owns her own dress shop. And that's about it. The dialogue is totally predictable - when Anne asks her husband to go away with her, the words were out of my mouth 30 seconds before she said the line. The attractive Gifford is a bore and gives no shading to her role at all. MGM never could figure out what to do with Laraine Day - why didn't she make this? Murphy has a pleasant way about him and Hodiak is okay, but frankly, Dean Stockwell as Anne's son steals that show. That's not saying much. Eve Arden is good but wasted.

The music is overpowering, and the pacing is slow. "The Arnelo Affair" needed a strong actress in the lead, better dialogue and faster pacing. Without those elements, it's pretty dull.


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