Edward Arnold


Actor
Edward Arnold

About

Also Known As
Guenther Edward Arnold Schneider
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
February 18, 1890
Died
April 26, 1956
Cause of Death
Cerebral Hemorrhage

Biography

Prolific, popular character player who began his career on the stage and, between 1915 and 1919, starred in numerous westerns for Essanay Studio. The portly, distinguished-looking actor returned to films in the sound era, first in crime melodramas, then as a priest in "The White Sister" and a sheik in "The Barbarian" (both 1933) before finding his special niche portraying all kinds of ty...

Photos & Videos

Easy Living - Publicity Still
You Can't Take It with You - Lobby Card Set
Three Wise Fools - Lobby Card

Family & Companions

Harriet Marshall
Wife
Had three children together.
Olive Emerson
Wife
Cleo McClain
Wife

Bibliography

"Lorenzo Goes to Hollywood"
Edward Arnold (1940)

Notes

Arnold linked his success to his size: "The bigger I got, the better character roles I received".

"It was announced in 1950 that he would run for Republican Senator from California, but it was too early in the 1950s for an actor to be taken very seriously in the political arena". --(The MGM Stock Company)

Biography

Prolific, popular character player who began his career on the stage and, between 1915 and 1919, starred in numerous westerns for Essanay Studio. The portly, distinguished-looking actor returned to films in the sound era, first in crime melodramas, then as a priest in "The White Sister" and a sheik in "The Barbarian" (both 1933) before finding his special niche portraying all kinds of tycoons: as an alcoholic millionaire ("Sadie McKee" 1934), a lumber tycoon ("Come and Get It" 1936) and a sinister munitions king ("Idiot's Delight" 1939). Despite being middle-aged and heavy-set, Arnold played leading roles for a number of years from the mid-1930s through the early 40s, even after being named on the infamous 1937 exhibitors list of stars who were considered "box-office poison." (Arnold was in excellent company with Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford and others who enjoyed lengthy careers.)

With his cool stare and facile, jovial laugh, Arnold also excelled at playing public officials and corrupt politicians ("Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" 1939) as well as biographical personages (Louis XIII in "Cardinal Richelieu" 1935, Diamond Jim Brady in "Diamond Jim" 1935 and again in "Lillian Russell" 1940, and an especially delightful Daniel Webster in "All That Money Can Buy" 1941). He even rose to the rank of President of the United States on the radio series, "Mr. President."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Himself
The Houston Story (1956)
Paul Atlas
Miami Expose (1956)
Oliver Tubbs
The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
Ambassador William Fiske
Living It Up (1954)
The mayor
City That Never Sleeps (1953)
Penrod Biddel
Man of Conflict (1953)
J. R. Compton
Belles on Their Toes (1952)
Sam Harper
Dear Brat (1951)
Senator [Harry] Wilkins
The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)
Admiral Homer Thorndyke
The Yellow Cab Man (1950)
Martin Creavy
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Pawnee Bill
Dear Wife (1950)
Judge [Harry] Wilkins
The Skipper Suprised His Wife (1950)
John Loves Mary (1949)
Senator James McKinley
Big Jack (1949)
Mayor Mahoney
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Joe Lorgan
Command Decision (1949)
Congressman Arthur Malcolm
Wallflower (1948)
Mr. Linnett
Three Daring Daughters (1948)
Robert Nelson
Big City (1948)
Judge Martin O. Abercrombie
The Mighty McGurk (1947)
Mike Glenson
My Brother Talks to Horses (1947)
Mr. Bledsoe
Dear Ruth (1947)
Judge Harry Wilkins
The Hucksters (1947)
Dave Lash
Janie Gets Married (1946)
Charles Conway
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Theodore Findley
No Leave, No Love (1946)
Hobart Canford Stiles
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
The Lawyer in "Pay the Two Dollars"
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Martin X. Edley, the promoter
Main Street After Dark (1945)
Lieutenant Lorrigan
The Hidden Eye (1945)
Capt. Duncan Maclain
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Amory Stilham
Standing Room Only (1944)
T. J. Todd
Kismet (1944)
Grand Vizier
Janie (1944)
Charles Conway
The Youngest Profession (1943)
Burton V. Lyons
Johnny Eager (1942)
John Benson Farrell
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
Elliott Fulton
Eyes in the Night (1942)
Duncan MacLain
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
T. T. Ralston
All That Money Can Buy (1941)
Daniel Webster
The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)
[Jim] Cork
Design for Scandal (1941)
Judson M. Blair
Meet John Doe (1941)
D. B. Norton
Unholy Partners (1941)
Merrill Lambert
The Penalty (1941)
Martin "Stuff" Nelson
Johnny Apollo (1940)
Robert ["Pop"] Cain Sr.
Lillian Russell (1940)
"Diamond" Jim Brady
The Earl of Chicago (1940)
[Quentin] "Doc" Ramsey
Idiot's Delight (1939)
Achille Weber
Man About Town (1939)
Sir John Arlington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Jim Taylor
Let Freedom Ring (1939)
Jim Knox
Slightly Honorable (1939)
Vincent Cushing
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Anthony P. Kirby
The Crowd Roars (1938)
Jim Cain [also known as Mr. Carson]
Blossoms on Broadway (1937)
Ira Collins
John Meade's Woman (1937)
John Meade
Easy Living (1937)
J. B. Ball
The Toast of New York (1937)
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.
Meet Nero Wolfe (1936)
Nero Wolfe
Sutter's Gold (1936)
Johan Sutter by arrangement with B. P. Schulberg
Come and Get It (1936)
Barney Glasgow
The President Vanishes (1935)
[Lewis] Wardell, Secretary of War
Remember Last Night? (1935)
Danny [Harrison]
Diamond Jim (1935)
"Diamond Jim" [James Buchanan Brady]
Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
Louis XIII
Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935)
Feydak
The Glass Key (1935)
Paul Madvig
Crime and Punishment (1935)
Inspector Porfiry
Thirty Day Princess (1934)
Richard M. Gresham
Hide-Out (1934)
[Lieutenant] MacCarthy
Madame Spy (1934)
Schultz
Sadie McKee (1934)
[Jack] Brennan
Wednesday's Child (1934)
Ray Phillips
Million Dollar Ransom (1934)
Vincent Shelton
Unknown Blonde (1934)
Frank Rodie
Roman Scandals (1933)
Emperor Valerius
Her Bodyguard (1933)
Orson Bitzer
Whistling in the Dark (1933)
[Jake] Dillon
I'm No Angel (1933)
Big Bill Barton
Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
Commissioner Forster
Jennie Gerhardt (1933)
Senator Brander
Lawyer Man (1933)
Rasputin and the Empress (1933)
Doctor Remezov
The Barbarian (1933)
[Pasha] Achmed
The White Sister (1933)
Father Saracinesca
Okay America (1932)
"Duke" Morgan
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Lawyer
Three on a Match (1932)
Ace
Afraid to Talk (1932)
Jig Zelli
The Cost (1920)
Hampden Scarborough
Phil for Short (1919)
Tom Wentworth
A Broadway Saint (1919)
Mr. Frewen
The Slacker's Heart (1917)
Frank Allen
The Return of Eve (1916)
Seymour Purchwell
The Misleading Lady (1916)
Sidney Parker
Vultures of Society (1916)
Joseph Gripp

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Other

Cast (Short)

Screen Actors (1950)
Himself
INFLATION (1943)
The Devil
Murder In the Pullman (1932)

Life Events

1905

Professional stage debut as a bit player with Ben Greet Players in Trenton, New Jersey; changed name to Edward Arnold

1915

Film debut, "When the Man Speaks"

1925

Returned to Broadway in "Easy Come, Easy Go"

1927

Appeared in "Sunrise", directed by F.W. Murnau

1932

First sound film, "Okay America"

1956

Last films, "The Houston Story", "Miami Expose", "The Ambassador's Daughter"

Photo Collections

Easy Living - Publicity Still
Easy Living - Publicity Still
You Can't Take It with You - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You (1938). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Three Wise Fools - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from MGM's Three Wise Fools (1946), starring Margaret O'Brien. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Devil And Daniel Webster, The (1941) - What A Fine Fellow You Were Tumult as Jabez (James Craig) throws out Webster (Edward Arnold) and Mary (Ann Shirley) then encounters Belle (Simone Simon) and Scratch (Walter Huston) who's come to collect in The Devil And Daniel Webster, 1941, a.k.a. All That Money Can Buy.
Devil And Daniel Webster, The (1941) - The Devil Vs. Jabez Stone Webster (Edward Arnold) demands a trial for Jabez (James Craig) and Scratch (Walter Huston) names his jury in The Devil and Daniel Webster, a.k.a. All That Money Can Buy, from the story by Steven Vincent Benet.
Devil And Daniel Webster, The (1941) - Opening, It Could Even Happen To You The famously unusual opening credits for William Dieterle's The Devil And Daniel Webster, 1941, also known as All That Money Can Buy, from a story by Stephen Vincent Benet.
Meet John Doe (1941) - What Does He Do All Day? Not yet revealed to the public, ex-minor leaguer Willoughby (Gary Cooper), a.k.a. “John Doe,” killing time on the newspaper’s dime, with pal “the colonel” (Walter Brennan), reporter Beany (Irving Bacon) playing along, and infiltrator Mike (Pat Flaherty) sowing doubt, in Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe, 1941.
Living It Up (1954) - Money Burns A Hole In My Pocket Reporter Wally (Janet Leigh) in New York doesn’t want romantic doctor Steve (Dean Martin) to know she’s having his buddy-patient (Jerry Lewis) seen by experts, guides him into a song from the Broadway musical (Hazel Flagg) based on the movie Nothing Sacred, 1937, of which this movie is a remake, in Living It Up, 1954.
City That Never Sleeps (1953) - Take The Service Elevator Continuing the omniscient narration, by the “voice of the city,” (Chicago), we meet William Talman as thief Stewart, Ron Hagerthy his sidekick, Edward Arnold as lawyer Biddell, Marie Windsor his wife, Gig Young again as Johnny, whom we didn’t know was a cop, and Paula Raymond as the wife we know he’s thinking of leaving, early in City That Never Sleeps, 1953.
Janie Gets Married (1946) - I'll Have The Screaming Meanies! Mayhem on wedding day at the Conway household, mom (Ann Harding) greets bridesmaids (Anne Gillis, Ruth Tobey), meets Dad (Edward Arnold) and preoccupied Joan Leslie (title character) tangles with her sly little sister (Clare Foley), Hattie McDaniel the exasperated maid, early in Janie Gets Married, 1946.
Janie Gets Married (1946) - Sort Of A War Emergency On their wedding day, engaged only briefly after his return from the war, Joan Leslie (title character) and Robert Hutton as Dick confer in secret, him disoriented by advice from his dad, her offering a contract, the parents (Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Robert Benchley, Barbara Brown) intervening, in Janie Gets Married, 1946.
Toast Of New York, The (1937) - An Obscure Peddler A prologue with the very loose history of the Civil War era robber baron Jim Fisk, then portrayed by Edward Arnold, running a scam with partners Boyd and Luke (Cary Grant, Jack Oakie), in the RKO financial biopic-melodrama The Toast Of New York, 1937, also starring Frances Farmer.
Toast Of New York, The (1937) - I'm Going To Be A Great Actress Thriving high-finance scam partners Boyd (Cary Grant) and Fisk (Edward Arnold) rush to be first to make a date with French songstress Fleurique (Thelma Leeds) backstage, where she’s abusing dresser Josie (Frances Farmer), who proves to be the greater prize, in The Toast Of New York,1937.
Let Freedom Ring (1939) - Working On The Railroad Railroad baron Knox (Edward Arnold) separates Maggie (Virginia Bruce), top citizen of the Western town he’s taken over, from friend Rutledge (H.B. Warner), then some chat about not-yet-seen star Nelson Eddy, then the arrival of labor enforcer Mulligan (Victor McLaglen), in MGM’s Let Freedom Ring, 1939.
Let Freedom Ring (1939) - Ridin' In Like Davy Crockett We’re pretty sure it was Nelson Eddy (as Steve, local boy home from Harvard) who beat up a railroad arsonist in the previous scene, but it’s a surprise to his parents (Lionel Barrymore, Sarah Padden) when he acts drunk and sides with railroad man Knox (Edward Arnold), in MGM’s Let Freedom Ring, 1939.

Trailer

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington - (Original Trailer) Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939), Frank Capra's masterpiece about a naive young senator (James Stewart) who uncovers political corruption.
Janie - (Original Trailer) A small-town girl (Joyce Reynolds) defies her father by falling for a soldier (Robert Hutton).
Penalty, The (1940) - (Original Trailer) Federal agents use a gangster's son to catch him in The Penalty (1941) starring Edward Arnold and Lionel Barrymore.
Three Wise Fools - (Original Trailer) An orphan girl (Margaret O'Brien) melts the hearts of three crusty old men (Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Edward Arnold).
Unholy Partners - (Original Trailer) The editor of a tabloid (Edward G. Robinson) takes money from a gangster in Unholy Partners (1941).
Hidden Eye, The - (Original Trailer) Blind detective Duncan Maclaine (Edward Arnold) uses his other senses to piece together confusing clues behind a murder in The Hidden Eye (1945).
I'm No Angel - (Original Trailer) Mae West and Cary Grant star in I'm No Angel (1933) about a carnival dancer who evades the law and invades high society.
Three on a Match - (Original Trailer) A woman's childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters in Three on a Match (1932) starring Bette Davis and Joan Blondell.
Annie Get Your Gun - (Original Trailer) Betty Hutton stars as Annie Oakley in the film version of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun (1950).
Ziegfeld Follies - (Original Trailer) Legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld imagines the kind of Follies he could produce with MGM's musical stars in Ziegfeld Follies (1946) starring Judy Garland.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game - (Original Trailer) A beautiful woman takes over a turn-of-the-century baseball team in this MGM color musical starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
Living It Up - (Black-and-white Trailer) Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis replace Fredric March and Carole Lombard from Nothing Sacred (1937) in the color remake Living It Up (1954).

Family

Carl Schneider
Father
Fur cutter. German immigrant; died when Arnold was 14.
Elizabeth Schneider
Mother
German immigrant; died when Arnold was 11.

Companions

Harriet Marshall
Wife
Had three children together.
Olive Emerson
Wife
Cleo McClain
Wife

Bibliography

"Lorenzo Goes to Hollywood"
Edward Arnold (1940)

Notes

Arnold linked his success to his size: "The bigger I got, the better character roles I received".

"It was announced in 1950 that he would run for Republican Senator from California, but it was too early in the 1950s for an actor to be taken very seriously in the political arena". --(The MGM Stock Company)