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Also Known As: Vinton Haworth Died: March 17, 1992
Born: October 14, 1916 Cause of Death: arteriosclerosis
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA Profession: director, actor, producer

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Former stage and movie actor who filmed numerous documentaries for the US State Department, the Army and private industry in the late 1940s and began making low-budget features in the early 50s. Arnold concocted some of that era's classic science fiction-horror films, notably the pioneering 3-D efforts "It Came from Outer Space" (1952) and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954) as well as "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957).A prolific director, mostly for Universal, Arnold worked in many genres, turning out 3-D mystery thrillers ("The Glass Web" 1953), teen exploitation flicks ("High School Confidential" 1958), blaxploitation actioners ("Boss Nigger" 1975), the wry Peter Sellers satire "The Mouse That Roared" (1959), and Bob Hope comedies including "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961) and "A Global Affair" (1964). By the mid-60s, Arnold had turned his attention increasingly to TV, as a director on "Rawhide," "Perry Mason" "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Wonder Woman" and "The Bionic Woman," and as producer-director of "Mr. Lucky" (1959-60) "Gilligan's Island" (1964-67) and "It Takes a Thief" (1968-70).

Former stage and movie actor who filmed numerous documentaries for the US State Department, the Army and private industry in the late 1940s and began making low-budget features in the early 50s. Arnold concocted some of that era's classic science fiction-horror films, notably the pioneering 3-D efforts "It Came from Outer Space" (1952) and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954) as well as "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957).

A prolific director, mostly for Universal, Arnold worked in many genres, turning out 3-D mystery thrillers ("The Glass Web" 1953), teen exploitation flicks ("High School Confidential" 1958), blaxploitation actioners ("Boss Nigger" 1975), the wry Peter Sellers satire "The Mouse That Roared" (1959), and Bob Hope comedies including "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961) and "A Global Affair" (1964). By the mid-60s, Arnold had turned his attention increasingly to TV, as a director on "Rawhide," "Perry Mason" "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Wonder Woman" and "The Bionic Woman," and as producer-director of "Mr. Lucky" (1959-60) "Gilligan's Island" (1964-67) and "It Takes a Thief" (1968-70).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Games Girls Play, The (1975) Director
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  Swiss Conspiracy, The (1975) Director
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  Boss (1975) Director
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  Black Eye (1974) Director
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  Hello Down There (1969) Director
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  The Lively Set (1964) Director
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  A Global Affair (1964) Director
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  Bachelor in Paradise (1961) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Into The Night (1985) Man With Dog
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 It Ain't Hay (1943) Golfer
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 It Comes Up Love (1943) Photographer
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 The Pride of the Yankees (1943) Fraternity boy
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 The Mummy's Tomb (1942) Reporter
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 Saboteur (1942)
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 Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942) Hotel manager
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 Juke Box Jenny (1942) Brother Childs
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 You're Telling Me (1942) Announcer
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 There's One Born Every Minute (1942) Cameraman
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Performed as actor on Broadway in such plays as "My Sister Eileen" and "A Bell for Adano" in the the 1930s
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Acted in British films
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Served in the US Air Force Signal Corps; worked with documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty
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After military service, became independent documentary filmmaker, producing 25 documentary films for the State Department, the Army and private industry
1950:
Directed and produced first feature, "With These Hands" (full-length, semidocumentary made for ILGW Union) which was nominated for an Oscar
1952:
Signed by Universal Pictures
1953:
Directed first fiction feature, "Girls in the Night/Life After Dark"
1959:
Producer (also director) of first fiction feature, "No Name on the Bullet"
1981:
John Landis had tried to mount a project for Arnold to direct, an unrealized remake of "Creature from the Black Lagoon"
1984:
Made a cameo appearance in John Landis's "Into the Night"
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Education

Ohio State University: Columbus , Ohio -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

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wife:
Betty Arnold.

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daughter:
Susan Jacobson.
daughter:
Kathy Arnold.

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