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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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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 »


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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

When Ann is scrambling to get out of Tony's car at the red traffic light, all of a sudden the rear window is blacked out - after having been seen through clearly as they were driving around previously. After Tony pulls away from the light, the rear window is visible again. See more »

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Referenced in Love in a Fish Bowl (1993) See more »

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Idle hands, and all of that
30 September 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

You want to scream at the character as she stumbles into an obvious man hole, lacking the minimal effort it would take to prevent it. But, that's the storyline. Once you see that happening, you have the choice to either turn it off or put up with it to the finish. I did the latter.

Gifford had to be at the height of her beauty in this - flawless. Obviously, hubby got over it, as makes a case for beauty being only skin deep, and she sure was passive.

George Murphy is one of those "leading men" that cause you to scratch your head and figure it must have been who was available at the time after better choices were not.

John Hodiak is contemptible, as was his usual film persona. Our heroine is repulsed, but drawn to him; again, the frustrating element that sadly made up the story.

I think Eve Arden does help in this. She's always a refresher, and did relieve the intensity. Actually, she seemed to have a fuller part than usual.

The child's situation, again, was frustrating to watch. Why didn't this dame get her focus off herself, get actively involved in her child's life, school, friends, volunteer work, learn to make potholders - anything to get herself off the severely underemployed roster.

But, that's the way of this type of story, and once bit, you have to endure to the cure. I wouldn't say not to see this, but if you are easily frustrated, better skip it.


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