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House of the Arrow

 (62)6.51 h 12 min200613+
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)
Directors
Michael Anderson
Starring
Oskar HomalkaYvonne FurneauxRobert Urquha
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Suspense
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English [CC]
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English
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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George GoldbergReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsNot the way the law works
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Well acted, but with a fundamental flaw which pervades the film. An English lawyer goes to France to represent an English woman living there who is accused of murder. Now, an English lawyer, not admitted to practice in France and admittedly ignorant of French law, would, indeed must engage French counsel to work with him. This is not just a formal rule, or a matter of comity between friendly nations, it is essential for mounting an effective defense. This English lawyer does not do so. Instead, he works with the French police officer who is seeking evidence with which to arrest his client and send her to the guillotine, even showing him her correspondence with his firm which, of course, is privileged. This is manifestly unethical and in this country, and I strongly suspect in England too, would be grounds for censure and even disbarment. It is also strange that the French dialogue, and there is quite a bit of it, is not translated. My French was good enough for most of it, but surely there should at least be a warning that if you have no French, you will miss much of what is going on.

I am a retired American trial lawyer and, incidentally, a former member of the Union Internationale des Avocats headquartered in Brussels.
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LittleSaraReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsNot a bad film for its time
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This is a surprisingly good cozy who-dun-it for its time (1953). The print is rather dark and grainy but not unwatchable. There is quite a bit of French dialog, but I don't think most people will miss any crucial clues if the cannot understand French. I usually find British films of this era to be rather disjointed and oddly edited, but that wasn't the case here. The plot is reasonably clever, the detective is an interesting and sometimes amusing character, and I think all the important threads are tied up. I have definitely seen worse.
3 people found this helpful
JUJYReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsTop 10 Noir Films
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Love this film....watch 3 times a year and often put on when cleaning the house lol....It moves me in a way I can't put my finger on. Wish the quality was better....I want to live in this FILM...but must be the benefactor of the rich aunt of course :)
And I'd need to own the big mansion across the way....and play film noir all day.
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P. B. SharpReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2014
3.0 out of 5 starsAtmospheric!
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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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HeatherReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsWatch this Gem!
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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!
6 people found this helpful
Gabby WeissReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsAn Interesting Take in the Detective Genre
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Loved Homolka's police detective; this could have been the beginning of a series - could have competed with many of the Christie characters. I wonder why a sequel was never done? Reminds me of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto. Homolka was an excellent actor; he is definitely the reason for watching this. All in all, not a bad movie, but this version, as has been mentioned, leaves much to be desired as to the sound.
QuintessentiallyYoursReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsThumbs Up
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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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KM HuberReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsFine Noir
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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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