House of the Arrow is the third film version of the classic A.E.W. Mason mystery novel. A wealthy French widow is poisoned in her home. Inspector Hanaud (Oscar Homolka), a Columbo-like methodical detective, investigates. Far be it from us to reveal the murderer, but we can reveal the method of murder--an arrow, tipped in poison. One advantage the 1953 version of House of the Arrow has over the first versions is the bluff, hearty presence of Oscar Homolka, who could entertain an audiences by reading the want ads if he so desired.