The Arnelo Affair (1947)

86 mins | Melodrama | September 1947

Director:

Arch Oboler

Writer:

Arch Oboler

Producer:

Jerry Bresler

Cinematographer:

Charles Salerno

Editor:

Harry Komer

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Wade B. Rubottom

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

A mid-Jun HR news item noted that director Arch Oboler conducted research on the film in Chicago, and that he shot backgound footage in Chicago's Wacker Drive sector. The film marked producer Jerry Bresler's final film for ... More Less

A mid-Jun HR news item noted that director Arch Oboler conducted research on the film in Chicago, and that he shot backgound footage in Chicago's Wacker Drive sector. The film marked producer Jerry Bresler's final film for M-G-M. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Feb 1947.
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Daily Variety
14 Feb 1947.
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Film Daily
14 Feb 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 46
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 46
p. 2, 22
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 46
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 47
p. 3.
New York Times
13 Sep 47
p. 8.
Variety
12 Feb 47
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "I'll Tell My Husband" by Jane Burr in The Queen Is Dead: A Book of Impertinent Stories and Unabashed Verse (New York, 1938).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1947
Production Date:
18 July--early September 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 January 1947
Copyright Number:
LP816
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11993
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While driving down a street in Chicago, Tony Arnelo, a crooked nightclub owner, tells his mistress, Anne Parkson, that he killed his former girl friend, the actress Claire Lorrison. Tony claims that he killed Claire in order to be with Anne, and warns Anne that he will implicate her in the murder if she goes to the police. Regretting her association with Tony, Anne thinks back to the day her husband Ted, a lawyer, introduced her to Tony, a new client: Tony is immediately smitten with Anne, and Anne, neglected by her overworked husband, allows herself to fall instantly in love with him. Though torn between her devotion to her family and her attraction to Tony, Anne eventually consents to meet Tony in secret at his apartment. After Tony hires Anne to be the interior decorator at his nightclub, a furtive affair develops. Anne, however, begins to feel guilty, and tries to repair her marriage by asking her husband to take her on a long trip. When Ted refuses to leave town, citing his heavy work load, Anne decides to pursue her affair with greater resolve. Anne's infatuation with Tony soon ends, though, when she finds Claire at Tony's apartment, and when Claire tells her that Tony mistreated her. Tony, overhearing the accusation, slaps Claire, and Anne leaves in haste. The following day, Anne is shocked by a newspaper story announcing that Claire has been murdered, and that a compact case bearing the initial "A" was found in her possession. As Anne comes out of her reverie, Tony warns her of the dire consequences she faces if she tells anyone what she knows about the ... +


While driving down a street in Chicago, Tony Arnelo, a crooked nightclub owner, tells his mistress, Anne Parkson, that he killed his former girl friend, the actress Claire Lorrison. Tony claims that he killed Claire in order to be with Anne, and warns Anne that he will implicate her in the murder if she goes to the police. Regretting her association with Tony, Anne thinks back to the day her husband Ted, a lawyer, introduced her to Tony, a new client: Tony is immediately smitten with Anne, and Anne, neglected by her overworked husband, allows herself to fall instantly in love with him. Though torn between her devotion to her family and her attraction to Tony, Anne eventually consents to meet Tony in secret at his apartment. After Tony hires Anne to be the interior decorator at his nightclub, a furtive affair develops. Anne, however, begins to feel guilty, and tries to repair her marriage by asking her husband to take her on a long trip. When Ted refuses to leave town, citing his heavy work load, Anne decides to pursue her affair with greater resolve. Anne's infatuation with Tony soon ends, though, when she finds Claire at Tony's apartment, and when Claire tells her that Tony mistreated her. Tony, overhearing the accusation, slaps Claire, and Anne leaves in haste. The following day, Anne is shocked by a newspaper story announcing that Claire has been murdered, and that a compact case bearing the initial "A" was found in her possession. As Anne comes out of her reverie, Tony warns her of the dire consequences she faces if she tells anyone what she knows about the murder, and insists that they continue their affair. At a stoplight, Anne jumps out of Tony's car and runs home. The next day, on Ted and Anne's twelfth wedding anniversary, Ted surprises Anne by taking her to Tony's nightclub for dinner with their friends. The dinner is interrupted by a visit from homicide detective Sam Leonard, who asks Tony about Claire. Tony coolly denies any association with the actress, but Anne faints, unable to bear the questioning and innuendoes. Later, Ted finds Anne's key to Tony's apartment and realizes that his wife has been having an affair with Tony. He also discovers that the police suspect that Anne is involved in Claire's murder when Leonard shows him Anne's compact case. When Ted confronts Tony with his knowledge of the affair and demands to know the truth about Claire's murder, Tony lies to him and tells him that Anne killed Claire. Refusing to believe Tony's story, Ted begins his own investigation into the murder and discovers that Anne could not have killed Claire because she was with him at the time of the murder. Leonard eventually arrests Tony for the murder, but when Tony tries to escape, the detective shoots him. With his dying breath, Tony confesses his guilt, and Anne is exonerated. Ted returns home to find that Anne has made an unsuccessful attempt to kill herself with an overdose of pills. Anne soon recovers, and after Ted forgives her, they embrace. +

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