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Arsenic and Old Lace (1969)

Unrated | | Comedy | TV Movie 2 April 1969
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director:

Robert Scheerer

Writers:

Luther Davis (adaptation), Joseph Kesselring (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Helen Hayes ... Abby Brewster
Bob Crane ... Mortimer Brewster (as Robert Crane)
Lillian Gish ... Martha Brewster
Fred Gwynne ... Jonathan Brewster
Sue Lyon ... Elaine Harper
Bob Dishy ... Cop
Jack Gilford ... Dr. Jonas Salk
David Wayne ... Teddy Brewster
Billy De Wolfe ... Officer O'Hara
Bernard West Bernard West
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella
Victor Kilian
Lloyd Hubbard Lloyd Hubbard
Bill Smillie Bill Smillie
The Two-Dollar Bill The Two-Dollar Bill ... Music Combo
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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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arsénico por compasión See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this adaptation, Elaine (Sue Lyon) is not the daughter of the neighboring Reverend Harper, and she has never met Mortimer's (Bob Crane) eccentric family before the play starts. In this incarnation, the character is rechristened Elaine Dodd, a sophisticated regular on a television series entitled "Homicide." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Avengers: Homicide and Old Lace (1969) See more »

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Unfortunately, not very good
27 December 2017 | by irishmSee all my reviews

I was really interested in seeing this just on the basis of the actors, and also because I've seen it twice onstage, once with a TV-oriented cast (Jonathan Frid, Gary Sandy, Jean Stapleton, Marion Ross, Larry Storch). This 1969 version has its moments, and Bob Crane and Fred Gwynne are both noteworthy and hold up their end of the bargain, but it's still more or less lukewarm as a production. I see that there's yet another TV version with Tony Randall as Mortimer and Boris Karloff(!) as Jonathan... I'd love to get my hands on that one, if only to compare it against the other versions. In short, this 1969 version is a curiosity and mildly entertaining, but nothing to toast with a glass of elderberry wine.


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