Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis (born Arline Francis Kazanjian) was an American actress, radio talk show host, and game show panelist. She is known for her long-standing role as a panelist on the television game show What's My Line?, on which she regularly appeared for 25 years, from 1950 through the mid-1970s.

Garbo Talks (1984)

A New York accountant (Ron Silver) sets out to grant his dying mother's last wish--to meet film star Greta Garbo. Sidney Lumet's bittersweet 1984 comedy also stars Anne Bancroft, Catherine Hicks, Carrie Fisher, Harvey Fierstein, Howard Da Silva, Steven Hill, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Ron Silver  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Catherine Hicks
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship. He constantly meets failure as the abducted women die. Medical student Pierre Dupin discovers what Mirakle is doing too ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Florey
CAST:  Bela Lugosi  •  Sidney Fox  •  Leon Ames  •  Bert Roach
One, Two, Three (1961)

C.R. MacNamara will do anything to get a promotion within the Coca-Cola company, including looking after boss W.P. Hazeltine's rebellious teenage daughter, Scarlett. When Scarlett visits Berlin, where C.R. is stationed, she reveals that she is married to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Horst Buchholz  •  Pamela Tiffin  •  Arlene Francis
Stage Door Canteen (1943)

A young soldier on a pass in New York City visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theater and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. The soldier meets a pretty young hostess and they enjoy the many ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Borzage
Too Much Johnson (2013)

This film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles' Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette's 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
Billy Wilder Speaks (2006)

Recut of the miniseries "Billy, How Did You Do It?": In 1988, Oscar-winning German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum") sat down with legendary director Billy Wilder at his office in Beverly Hills, California and turned on his camera for a series of filmed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Volker Schlöndorff  •  Gisela Grischow
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Hellmuth Karasek  •  James Cagney
All My Sons (1948)

Two families, related by friendship and love, face up to the consequences of greed and avarice in the post-war years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Reis
With These Hands (1950)

Produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the film used actors to recreate the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and compare working conditions of the early 20th century to that of the 1950s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Arnold
CAST:  Sam Levene  •  Arlene Francis  •  Jack Arnold  •  Louis Sorin
The Thrill of It All (1963)


The story of the film centres around urban housewife Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) and her husband, a successful gynaecologist and devoted family man, Gerald (James Garner). Beverly is offered the opportunity to star for a television commercial advertising soap. After ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Doris Day  •  James Garner  •  Arlene Francis  •  Edward Andrews
Fedora (1978)

An ambitious Hollywood hustler becomes involved with a reclusive female star whom he tries to lure out of retirement.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  William Holden  •  Marthe Keller  •  Hildegard Knef  •  José Ferrer
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

Thorsten Schütte’s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. Utilizing potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thorsten Schütte
CAST:  Frank Zappa  •  Theodore Bikel  •  Arlene Francis  •  Keith Moon
American Beauty (1945)

Part of the March of Time series, this episode (Volume 12, Number 2) focuses entirely on the beauty industry in the USA. With spending of over $1 billion (in 1945) on cosmetic products, it has evolved into a major commercial enterprise. Packaging has proved to be a ...  (more)

Laura (1968)

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Llewellyn Moxey
CAST:  Arlene Francis  •  Farley Granger  •  Lee Radziwill  •  George Sanders
What's My Line At 25 (1975)

A retrospective of the classic game show, What's My Line, in which a four-member celebrity panel attempted to identify a contestant's occupation through yes or no questions. In addition, each episode featured a celebrity mystery guest that the panelists tried to ...  (more)

CAST:  Mark Goodson  •  Arlene Francis  •  John Charles Daly  •  Sam Kwasman