5.6/10
315
20 user 8 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.

Director: Robert Moore
Stars: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan
The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
The Night Strangler (TV Movie 1973)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Darren McGavin, Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland
Tom Horn (1980)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An ex-army scout is hired by ranchers to kill cattle rustlers but he gets into trouble with the corrupt local officials when he kills a boy.

Director: William Wiard
Stars: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth
Magic (1978)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The murder of a Wax Museum proprietor and some other strange goings-on in the vicinity prompt a police investigator to determine whether the killer is one of the principles who wants to own... See full summary »

Director: Georg Fenady
Stars: Ray Milland, Elsa Lanchester, Maurice Evans
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director: Marek Kanievska
Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr.
ffolkes (1980)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When terrorists take over two oil rigs, and threaten to blow them up if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins
Silver Streak (1976)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Evan Lyons
...
Minister
...
Governor
...
Constable Hooke
...
Douglas Whitehead
...
Dybbi
Norman Stuart ...
...
Jonesy
Wanda Bailey ...
Flo
...
1st Dart Player
Leslie Thompson ...
2nd Dart Player
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Arnold is dead. And a newlywed. Don't miss his honeymoon! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 November 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Family Plot  »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,616, 31 December 1973
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Patric Knowles's final film before his death on December 23, 1995 at the age of 84. See more »

Quotes

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, ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Arnold
Sung by Shani Wallis
Lyrics by Andrew J. Fenady
Music by George Duning
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Dr Phibes copy offers some new twists
16 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Abominable Dr Phibes was quite successful. One of the first films to feature "creative deaths", it was soon followed by a sequel and imitations (Theater of Blood, also with Vincent Price).

Arnold follows the pattern of someone who may or may not be dead getting revenge on those who have wronged him. Here we have a corpse (is it really millionaire Arnold Dewellyn?) who lays in his coffin for the entire movie while tapes of his voice are played at various intervals. Arnold knows his greedy relatives are after his money, but he has a surprise for each of them. Who will survive???

This movie is basically a comedy, with some semi-gruesome murders (tame by today's standards) thrown in. If you like black-comedies (Murder By Death for example) you should enjoy this PG rated Bing Crosby Production (BCP). The cast is great: Stella Stevens, Roddy McDowell, Elsa Lanchester, Victor Buono, Charles Fox.

The movie did hardly any business in 1973. BCP sold the movie to be tacked on to double bills. In 1976 it was paired with Grizzly! In the mid 80's it finally came to television on the Late Show, and then a year later to video.

It is out of print now, and very hard to see (cable TV has NOT embraced it). It is a cult movie waiting to be discovered. It is certainly weird enough!


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page