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Arsenic and Old Lace
- Cary Grant

Overview - Beware nice old ladies offering elderberry wine! A mild-mannered drama critic discovers the shocking truth about his two elderly aunts: The seemingly harmless old ladies have the most disagreeable habit of poisoning their gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Beware nice old ladies offering elderberry wine! A mild-mannered drama critic discovers the shocking truth about his two elderly aunts: The seemingly harmless old ladies have the most disagreeable habit of poisoning their gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar. One of the all-time great black comedies.

Cast List

Frank Capra - American Director
Frank R. Capra - American Director
Max Parker - DeMille-era art director
Philip G. Epstein - American Screenwriter
Peter Lorre - Slovakian actor, CASABLANCA, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
László Löwenstein - Slovakian actor, CASABLANCA, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Edward Everett Horton - American Character Actor
Josephine Hull - Oscar winning American actress, HARVEY, ARSENIC & OLD LACE
Charles Lane - Film & television character actor 1930s-2000s
Charles Gerstle Levison - Film & television character actor 1930s-2000s
. Jean Adair - American actress, ARSENIC & OLD LACE
Priscilla Lane - American Actress/30s-40s, THE ROARING TWENTIES
Grant Mitchell - American Actor
Max Steiner - Score composer
John Alexander - Opera/musical star
Cary Grant - American actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Archibald Alexander Leach - American actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Jack Carson - American actor
Robert Burks
Russel Crouse - American Librettist/Playwright
Byron Haskin - American Director/Director Of Photography/Efx
Sol Polito - American Diretor of Photography
Howard Lindsay - American Writer
Daniel Mandell - Oscar Winning Editor, mid '20s-mid '60s, THE APARTMENT
James Gleason - American Actor/Screenwriter
Julius J. Epstein - American Screenwriter, CASABLANCA (1942)
Raymond Massey - Canadian actor, ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS
Joseph Kesselring - American Playwright

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 114
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883929151615
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: March 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Classic
Stage Play
Suspense
Thriller
Murder
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Synopsis:
A couple leaving on their honeymoon must put aside their plans when the groom finds that his spinster aunts are killing people in their pleasant little house and burying the bodies in the cellar. To their credit, the aunts believe they are just being kind and they hold touching funeral services for all of their victims. The plot is complicated by a somewhat dotty elderly relative who is convinced that he is Teddy Roosevelt.

Notes:
According to various sources, the Epsteins wrote the screenplay "with help" from Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. The film was made in 1942, but not released until 1944.

Reviews:
"...Capra's mischievous tale of murder by old maid remains relentlessly, impeccably funny..." - 03/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.62


"[S]till a diamond." - 08/01/2001 Uncut, p.141

 
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