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The House of the Arrow (1953)

Approved | | Mystery | 1 August 1954 (USA)
A rich old lady dies in bed and leaves all of her money to her recently adopted daughter, who is quickly accused and exonerated of her murder. But that most British of questions remains. Who dunnit? (1953; B&W)

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

A.E.W. Mason (novel), Edward Dryhurst (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oskar Homolka ... Inspector Hanaud
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Jim Frobisher
Yvonne Furneaux ... Betty Harlowe
Josephine Griffin ... Ann Upcott
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Boris Wabersky
Pierre Lefevre Pierre Lefevre ... Detective Maurice Thevenet
Pierre Chaminade Pierre Chaminade ... Detective Moreau
Jacques Cey Jacques Cey ... Police Commissaire Giradot
Keith Pyott ... Gaston, the butler
Andrea Lea Andrea Lea ... Francine, the maid
Rene Leplat Rene Leplat ... Hanaud's Clerk
Anthony Nicholls ... Lawyer Jarrett
Ruth Lodge Ruth Lodge ... Nurse Jeanne Baudin
Colette Wilde Colette Wilde ... Woman in Window
Jeanne Pali Jeanne Pali ... Jeanne Marie Harlowe
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A rich old lady dies in bed and leaves all of her money to her recently adopted daughter, who is quickly accused and exonerated of her murder. But that most British of questions remains. Who dunnit? (1953; B&W)

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La flèche empoisonnée See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Homolka's Finest
29 April 2018 | by rollingpixSee all my reviews

This is a fun and enjoyable little mystery film, with a terrific performance by character actor Oscar Homolka, giving him a rare opportunity to play the leading role, Inspector Hanaud.

Homolka appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows throughout his career, including a recurring character in both Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain, Mr. Sardonicus, War and Peace, and a number of projects with Hitchcock on both big and small screen. I've always enjoyed his work, but he's a standout in this, simply first rate.

He's joined by the actress Yvonne Furneaux, so memorable in Polanski's Repulsion as well as in Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Hammer's version of The Mummy.

The story is good with some nice twists and turns and the production is excellent. Recommended.


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