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Arsenic and Old Lace [1944 film] by Frank…

Arsenic and Old Lace [1944 film] (1944)

by Frank Capra (Director), Julius J. Epstein (Screenwriter), Philip G. Epstein (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Jean Adair (Actress), John Alexander (Actor), Cary Grant (Actor), Edward Everett Horton (Actor), Josephine Hull (Actress)4 more, Joseph Kesselring (Original play), Priscilla Lane (Actor), Peter Lorre (Actor), Raymond Massey (Actor)

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A man discovers his elderly aunts are serial murderers.

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Goofy fun. Peter Lorre should have done more comedies. ( )
  comfypants | Apr 30, 2018 |
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. ( )
  DrLed | Nov 8, 2017 |
The classic screwball comedies: Bringing Up Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace, My Man Godfrey, Harvey - can't be beat. ( )
  mast89175 | Nov 16, 2009 |
Starring: Cary Grant, Josephine Hull Director: Frank Capra Rating NR
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Capra, FrankDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Epstein, Julius J.Screenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Epstein, Philip G.Screenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adair, JeanActresssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, CaryActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horton, Edward EverettActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hull, JosephineActresssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kesselring, JosephOriginal playsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lane, PriscillaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lorre, PeterActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Massey, RaymondActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Frank Capra made this film in 1941 before he went off to make films for America's war effort, but it wasn't released until 1944. Adapted from the hit play by Joseph Kesselring, this frantic black comedy shows Capra at his best as a master of mood and timing. Actresses Josephine Hull and Jean Adair reprise their Broadway performances as two gentle old ladies who poison men with elderberry wine to put them out of their misery. Cary Grant plays one nephew, a normal guy who just gets wind of their little hobby and tries to get them to stop, while Raymond Massey plays another, a villain just escaped from jail. Capra encourages the cast, especially Grant, to give a somewhat more outsized performance than one might expect. But made during the war years as it was, this overstated comic approach to killing was probably cathartic. --Tom Keogh

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An easy going drama critic discovers that his kind and gentle Aunts Abby and Martha have a bizarre habit of poisoning gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar.

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