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Arsenic & Old Lace (1962)

Beware those two charming, elderly ladies - especially if they offer you a glass of elderberry wine.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

Robert Hartung (adaptation), Joseph Kesselring (play)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Randall ... Mortimer Brewster
Boris Karloff ... Jonathan Brewster
Dorothy Stickney ... Abby Brewster
Mildred Natwick ... Martha Brewster
Tom Bosley ... Teddy Brewster
George Voskovec ... Dr. Herman Einstein
Farrell Pelly Farrell Pelly ... Rev. Dr. Harper
Dort Clark ... Officer Brophy
Nathaniel Frey ... Officer Klein
Dodie Heath Dodie Heath ... Elaine Harper (as Dody Heath)
Alan MacAteer Alan MacAteer ... Mr. Gibbs
Ralph Dunn ... Lt. Rooney
Edward Cullen Edward Cullen ... Mr. Witherspoon (as Edward F. Cullen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Daly ... Self --promoting the next episode
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Beware those two charming, elderly ladies - especially if they offer you a glass of elderberry wine.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Trivia

The original stage production ran on Broadway for 1444 performances, from January 10 1941 to June 17 1944. See more »

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Version of The Ford Theatre Hour: Arsenic and Old Lace (1949) See more »

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"Don't call me Boris Karloff!!"
21 July 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Tony Randall ("Mortimer") is great as the nephew who returns to his family home, and to his two maiden aunts "Abby" (Dorothy Stickney") and "Martha" (Mildred Natwick) who look very much the refined, gracious, butter-wouldn't-melt type. Shortly afterwards, however, he discovers that these two elderly spinsters have a grisly secret in their basement and when his long-lost brother "Jonathan" (Boris Karloff) arrives; he discovers that this runs in the family! It hasn't quite the charm of the 1944 iteration, and the theatrical staging - and frequently annoying interventions of "Teddy" (Tom Bosley) do detract a bit from the comedy, but the principals are on good form and all in all it's quite a charming outing for Karloff, especially, who plays his menacing, comedic, part as much to camera as to his partners on the "stage". Luckily, I've never been partial to elderberry wine....


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Arsenic & Old Lace (#11.3) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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