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The Arnelo Affair (1947)

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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M-G-M's top thrill adventure! 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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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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 Akvaariorakkaus (1993) See more »

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A Woman With An Itch
24 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Arnelo Affair has John Hodiak in the title role of a nightclub owner with tax troubles getting an affair going with his lawyer's wife Frances Gifford.

Frances is a woman with an itch and Hodiak is quite willing to scratch it. But as it turns out he's doing a bit of two timing himself on actress Joan Woodbury. Later on when Woodbury is murdered Hodiak is on the short list of Detective Warner Anderson suspects, but so is Gifford.

This film is a great example of the Code strangling the creativity of film making. Today it would be quite explicitly filmed with proper sex scenes in their place.

George Murphy played Gifford's husband and his is a strangely underwritten role. If I were doing the film and being that Hodiak is having tax troubles, when Murphy does find out there are hundreds of creative ways he could have done Hodiak good and proper.

Eve Arden is in the film in an Eve Arden part. Though in this one she's sporting a hint of jealousy that Hodiak isn't giving her a tumble. That too should have been brought out more.

The Arnelo Affair if someone decides to remake it has lots of room for improvement.


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