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House of the Arrow

2006

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3.7 out of 5 stars (49) IMDb 6.8/10

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)

Starring:
Oskar Homolka, Robert Urquhart
Runtime:
1 hour, 12 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Mystery
Director Michael Anderson
Starring Oskar Homolka, Robert Urquhart
Supporting actors Yvonne Furneaux, Josephine Griffin, Harold Kasket, Pierre Lefevre, Pierre Chaminade, Jacques Cey, Keith Pyott, Andrea Lea, Rene Leplat, Anthony Nicholls, Ruth Lodge, Colette Wilde, Jeanne Pali, Rene Poirier
Studio Synergy Ent
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By John Sheldon on November 9, 2012
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I'm constantly on the look-out for atmospheric thrillers, those scarcely remembered black-and-white movie mysteries of the 30s, 40's and 50s. The House of the Arrow is one of these (as is the Mask of Dimitrios). There's something fascinating about a director's use of light and shadows to heighten the tension in a movie plot and its dark goings-on. The House of the Arrow is a classy gem of a movie, largely forgotten. Alfred Hitchcock would've liked it, I know. What else can I say? One either likes film noire-ish movies or doesn't. The lesser-known stars of this film do a first-rate job in their roles, so if you like Hitchcock films you'll like this one as well.
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I found this to be better than expected. The actor who plays the lead detective named Inspector Hanuad adds just about the right amount of humor and intrigue into the story line. Inspector Hanuad's french didn't sound quite french. An atmospheric murder mystery.
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Enjoyed this mystery--loved the English accents and the way they quietly went back and forth between English and French . If you like old mysteries you will enjoy this one--I did. It is an old movie and hasn't been remastered so keep that in mind.
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Oskar Homolka makes a great sleuth. A rather short in height man, he nevertheless dominates the scenes he is in with his gestures, his expressions, including an engaging grin.. He is rather like a bulldog and he is someone you definitely would not be wise to pick a fight with but he is all smiles as he bustles round gathering evidence of the murder of an old lady. Black and white is the hallmark of noir films and the use of contrasts of light and dark and shadows creates the perfect atmosphere in which to envelop a murder mystery.
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Inspector Hanaud (Oskar Homolka) is on the case when a beautiful heiress named Betty Harlowe (played by the incredibly beautiful Yvonne Furneaux) is accused and quickly cleared of the murder of her adopted mother. However, he becomes convinced that mum was indeed murdered, and must solve the mystery. Homolka's Hanaud is as humorous as he is doggedly determined. THE HOUSE OF THE ARROW is an excellent detective story, w/ a method of homicide that's out of the ordinary. The finale took me completely by surprise! Well worth watching...
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Great plot, and unique detective whose wit matches the music, both of which are merry and at odds with the story and film noir tone. This makes the movie especially appealing. I really recommend it. Also great is how it is set in Paris but is a film noir. Just keep in mind it is an old film that has not been refurbished - I love that viewing experience but it can be annoying.
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Great twists in this black-and-white English noir. I am always on the lookout for these. If you enjoy '30s-'40s atmospheric film, you'll enjoy this one. Oscar Homolka is perfect in this one and my reason for the five stars.
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Loved this movie. It's an old copy so beware of that. But I didn't care!! :)

It challenged my very rudimentary French a bit since it had no subtitles when it switched from English to French, but it was still great.

As another reviewer stated, if you like Hitchcock you will like this.

I also liked the humor that the French detective brought into it.

Overall you should watch this!
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