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Arsenic and Old Lace ()


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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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Mortimer Brewster
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Elaine Harper
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Jonathan Brewster
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O'Hara
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Mr. Witherspoon
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Dr. Einstein
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Lt. Rooney
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Abby Brewster
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Martha Brewster
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'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
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Reverend Harper
Edward McNamara ...
Brophy
Garry Owen ...
Taxi Cab Driver
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Saunders
Vaughan Glaser ...
Judge Cullman
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Dr. Gilchrist
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Reporter
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Gibbs
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Marriage License Clerk (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow ...
Graveyard Raven (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ...
New York Pitcher (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ...
Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Rolan Jones ...
Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
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Photographer at Marriage License Office (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ...
Young Man in Line (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Umpire (uncredited)
Don Phillips ...
Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
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Drummer at baseball game (uncredited)
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Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Jean Wong ...
Young Woman in Line (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Capra

Written by

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Julius J. Epstein ... (screen play) and
Philip G. Epstein ... (screen play)
 
Joseph Kesselring ... (play)

Produced by

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Jack L. Warner ... executive producer
Frank Capra ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Max Steiner

Cinematography by

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Sol Polito ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Daniel Mandell

Art Direction by

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Max Parker

Costume Design by

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Orry-Kelly ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
George Bau ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Anita De Beltrand ... hair stylist (uncredited)
John Wallace ... makeup man (uncredited)

Production Management

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Eric Stacey ... unit manager (uncredited)
Steve Trilling ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Claude Archer ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Lucien Hafley ... props (uncredited)
Keefe Maley ... second propman (uncredited)
Alfred Williams ... assistant propman (uncredited)
Levi C. Williams ... assistant propman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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C.A. Riggs ... sound
Everett Alton Brown ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Robert Burks ... special effects
Byron Haskin ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Wesley Anderson ... second camera (uncredited)
Joe Cramer ... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Evans ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mickey Marigold ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harold Noyes ... grip (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Cora Lobb ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Leon Roberts ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer ... orchestrator

Other crew

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Russel Crouse ... producer: stage play
Howard Lindsay ... producer: stage play
Harold Winston ... dialogue director
Bob Fender ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Herman Lissauer ... researcher (uncredited)
Mal Merrihugh ... stand-in: Cary Grant (uncredited)
Wandra Ramsey ... script clerk (uncredited)
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Production Companies

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  • Warner Bros. (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (presents)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines She Passed Out On Cary ! No Wonder . . . She's just discovered his favorite aunts have poisoned their 13th gentleman friend ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Frank Capra's 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (United States)
  • Arsenic et vieilles dentelles (France)
  • Arsen und Spitzenhäubchen (Germany)
  • Arsénico por compasión (Spain)
  • Arsen und Spitzenhäubchen (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,120,175 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Cary Grant considered his acting in this film to be horribly over the top and often called it his least favorite of all his movies. See more »
Goofs Near the end of the film, Mr. Witherspoon addresses Mortimer as Mr. Witherspoon and Mortimer corrects him and saves the scene. Cary Grant appears to be genuinely amused by his mistake. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970). See more »
Soundtracks There Is a Happy Land See more »
Quotes Mortimer Brewster: Look I probably should have told you this before but you see... well... insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops.
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