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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 23 September 1944 (USA)
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mortimer Brewster
... Elaine Harper
... Jonathan Brewster
... O'Hara
... Mr. Witherspoon
... Dr. Einstein
... Lt. Rooney
... Abby Brewster
... Martha Brewster
... 'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
... Reverend Harper
Edward McNamara ... Brophy
Garry Owen ... Taxi Cab Driver
... Saunders
Vaughan Glaser ... Judge Cullman
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Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer's two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts' hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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23 September 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frank Capra's 'Arsenic and Old Lace'  »

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$1,120,175 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film actually took closer to eight weeks to shoot, not the four Frank Capra had planned, and the $400,000 initially budgeted was eventually set at just over a million, a far more realistic figure considering the salaries for Cary Grant and Capra alone. See more »

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Dr. Einstein stumbles and falls into the window seat in the dark. He strikes a match, and the wire that is powering the flickering light in the palm of his hand is clearly visible trailing out from his sleeve. See more »

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[first lines]
Baseball Fan: I'll knock your block off, you big stiff! You're a bum!
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Referenced in Doc: Arsenic and Old Spice (2004) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
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Frank Capra having fun
23 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Cary Grant should have had his second Academy Award before he filmed Arsenic and Old Lace. After, he should have taken home his third for best Actor in one of his best comedic performances in his amazing career. Arsenic and Old Lace takes place pretty much in one location. A stage comedy, the movie does justice to its original theatrical version. Cary Grant makes you laugh, even an audience 50 and 60 years after its original release. The story of innocent guilt and laughable situations, other movies like What's Up Doc, Marvin's Room, and even Lake Placid (with its moments of ignorance and bliss) have all stolen moments of Arsenic and Old Lace. No one but Cary Grant could have starred in this movie. A delightful performance and an over the top comedic talent was showcased in this comedy classic.


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