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Arnold (1973)

Upon his death, Arnold marries his lover, Karen, in spite of his widow, and leaves deathtraps accompanied by audiotapes and his preserved and articulate corpse for those who cared only for his money.

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Complete credited cast:
... Karen
... Robert
... Hester
... Lady Jocelyn Dwellyn
... Evan Lyons
... Minister
... Governor
... Constable Hooke
... Douglas Whitehead
... Dybbi
Norman Stuart ... Lord Arnold Dwellyn
... Jonesy
Wanda Bailey ... Flo
... 1st Dart Player
Leslie Thompson ... 2nd Dart Player
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Karen Llewelyn is the new gold-digging bride of a corpse. She marries Arnold at his funeral and continues to get his money as long as she stays by his coffin. Meanwhile, various oddball relatives after Arnold's wealth are being killed in a creative variety of ways. Written by alfiehitchie

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16 November 1973 (USA)  »

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$23,616, 31 December 1973
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Director Georg Fenady and his producer brother Andrew J. Fenady shot this film back-to-back with Terror in the Wax Museum (1973), with some of the same actors (Elsa Lanchester, Patric Knowles, Shani Wallis, Steven Marlo, Ben Wright, and Leslie Thompson). See more »

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Karen: Jocelyn...
Lady Jocelyn Dwellyn: I hope you and your bridegroom, my dead husband, will be very happy together in this medieval mausoleum.
Karen: I can understand your bitterness. If only you'd given Arnold more love and affection.
Lady Jocelyn Dwellyn: You gave him enough "affection" for both of us.
Karen: All he wanted was...
Lady Jocelyn Dwellyn: I know what he wanted. What is your going rate?
Lady Jocelyn Dwellyn: [gasps] Lady Dwellyn! You are mistaken. Arnold and I never, never discussed money.
Lady Jocelyn Dwellyn: What did he do? Just leave it on the mantel each night?
Karen: Ours was a deep and honest love. In fact, ...
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

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Arnold
Sung by Shani Wallis
Lyrics by Andrew J. Fenady
Music by George Duning
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Bizarre is putting it mildly.
2 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Arnold may be the most active corpse in the history of movies (we're not talking about zombies here). There he is, lying in his casket throughout the movie, and yet his presence dominates the world of the living, and his sardonic smile makes him look pretty darn alive. This highly original horror comedy has a morbid sense of humor and will keep you guessing all the way, but ultimately has one twist too many, becoming excessively illogical by the end. It's still recommended, perhaps as a double feature with "Terror In The Wax Museum", another 1973 film by the same director, with many of the same stars, with even the same "they never set foot outside the studio" feeling. (**1/2)


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