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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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Georg Fenady
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stella Stevens ... Karen
Roddy McDowall ... Robert
Elsa Lanchester ... Hester
Shani Wallis ... Lady Jocelyn Dwellyn
Farley Granger ... Evan Lyons
Victor Buono ... Minister
John McGiver ... Governor
Bernard Fox ... Constable Hooke
Patric Knowles ... Douglas Whitehead
Jamie Farr ... Dybbi
Norman Stuart Norman Stuart ... Lord Arnold Dwellyn
Ben Wright ... Jonesy
Wanda Bailey Wanda Bailey ... Flo
Steven Marlo ... 1st Dart Player
Leslie Thompson Leslie Thompson ... 2nd Dart Player
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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

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Arnold is a scream! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Plot See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,616
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Andrew J. Fenady confirmed that the voice of the late Lord Arnold Dwellyn (played by Norman Stuart) was provided by British actor Murray Matheson, veteran of films and television. 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, ...
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Soundtracks

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 gridoonSee 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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