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Arsenic and Old Lace
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Cary Grant Cary Grant
Mortimer Brewster
Priscilla Lane Priscilla Lane
Elaine Harper
Raymond Massey Raymond Massey
Jonathan Brewster
Jack Carson Jack Carson
O'Hara
Edward Everett Horton Edward Everett Horton
Mr. Witherspoon
Peter Lorre Peter Lorre
Dr. Einstein
James Gleason James Gleason
Lt. Rooney
Josephine Hull Josephine Hull
Abby Brewster


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


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Hilarious dark comedy!

11 years, 9 months ago at May 17 11:51
3 votes
"Insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops."

Arsenic and Old Lace is a film for individuals who enjoy the absurd dark comedy genre. This film is indeed a number of decades old and consequently ruthlessly disregarded. Notwithstanding its age you'll be hard-pressed to find a superior dark comedy that can match the genius of this: Frank Capra's 1944 film.

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Very enjoyable classic!

9 years, 11 months ago at Mar 10 14:29
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Arsenic And Old Lace is a film that is just absolutely amazing. This is one of the rare classics that are classic comedies. It is rather weird because it is a very serious story but it is a hilarious and pretty silly story at times as well. Arsenic And Old Lace is a rather rare story that is really funny and really tense. I thought it was hilarious when Mortimer Brewster couldn't convince his two ... read more

A classic

3 years, 3 months ago at Nov 10 9:17
3 votes
Since this movie had a really solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, to be honest, I have to admit that I always had a hard time with the screwball comedies and, even though this movie is probably one of the most famous in this genre, I still had a hard time to really care for it. I mean, it's not that the damned thing didn’t have some potential, in the contrary. Inde... read more
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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.
Release date: 21 September 1944
UPC: 012569502529
Tags: Comedy (24), Black Comedy (12), Poison (10), Thriller (9), Insanity (9), 1944 (9), Classic (8), 1940s (8), Humor (7), Serial Killer (7), Farce (7), Nephew (7), Murder (6), Marriage (6), Cary Grant (6), Quirky (5), Mental Illness (5), Elderly (5), Based On Play (5), Crime (4)
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A classic

“Since this movie had a really solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, to be honest, I have to admit that I always had a hard time with the screwball comedies and, even though this movie is probably one of the most famous in this genre, I still had a hard time to really care for it. I mean, it's not that the damned thing didn’t have some potential, in the contrary. Indeed, it was dealing with a rather lugubrious concept and it could have been an awesome dark comedy. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the tone was just too whimsical for my taste. As a result, the whole insanity angle which was quite fascinating was in fact rather poorly developed. Furthermore, even though Cary Grant was a great choice to play the main character, he didn’t deliver one of his best per” read more


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