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Arsenic and Old Lace

NR
Movie
1944
1h 58m
English
Comedy, Crime
Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright, and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!
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Cary Grant
Mortimer Brewster
Priscilla Lane
Elaine Harper Brewster
Josephine Hull
Aunt Abby Brewster
Jean Adair
Aunt Martha Brewster
Raymond Massey
Jonathan Brewster
John Alexander
'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
Peter Lorre
Dr. Einstein
Jack Carson
Officer Patrick O'Hara
Edward Everett Horton
Mr. Witherspoon
James Gleason
Lt. Rooney
Grant Mitchell
Reverend Harper
Edward McNamara
Sergeant Brophy
Garry Owen
Taxi Cab Driver
John Ridgely
Officer Saunders
Vaughan Glaser
Judge Cullman
Chester Clute
Dr. Gilchrist
Charles Lane
Reporter at Marriage License Office
Hank Mann
Photographer at Marriage License Of...
Spencer Charters
Marriage License Clerk
Sol Gorss
New York Pitcher (uncredited)
Lee Phelps
Umpire (uncredited)
Raymond Walburn
Drummer at baseball game (uncredite...
Spec ODonnell
Young Man in Line (uncredited)
Leo White
Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Directed By: Frank Capra
Written By: Julius J. Epstein (Screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (Screenplay)

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mbody says...
8 years ago
This is a great Cary Grant film and truly a classic. Many other films get the distinction of a classic because of the serious themes they address, or because of great acting. And while there is some great acting in this movie, I consider this a classic because it is hilarious in so many clever ways that you just don't see in movies these days. If you're looking for a fun film, you can't go wrong with this one!
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soonertbone says...
2 years ago
Whattttt was this movie. I can’t think of a movie where expectations and reality have been so starkly disparate. This movie is dark, dark, dark–leavened, of course, by a lot of humor including a really fine (almost a touch too manic in parts) performance by Cary Grant. But the plot elements–serial killer aunties, a man who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and the whole Peter Lorre/Raymond Massey inside joke re: Boris Karloff–are off the charts ridiculous. I watched this late at night one night and fell asleep twenty minutes in…when I woke up, I thought I was hallucinating. Had to start from the beginning just to re-orient to what I was watching!
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gusgolack says...
5 years ago
One of the most stupid and over-acted “comedies” ever produced. Grant is a Jerry Lewis with no wit. A waste of time and a challenge to intelligence
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fgc72 says...
9 years ago
Spain a.k.a : "Arsénico por compasión"
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AndrewBloom
CONTAINS SPOILERS8/10  5 years ago
[7.7/10] I’m not knowledgeable enough to know whether *Arsenic and Old Lace* is the first true horror comedy, but if not, it has to be one of the earliest great examples of the form. The screwball elements are outstanding, with a rapid-fire sort of comic energy that makes things feel enjoyably rid More
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bladefd
7/10  5 months ago
Frank Capra directs this classic film starring Cary Grant and other actors I don’t recognize. While it’s considered a thriller, the central focus is dark comedy. The acting is good, the filming technicals are fine, and humor holds the test of time. My issue is the second half of the film drags, More
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Filipe Manuel Neto
6 months ago
**An extraordinary comedy that stands out for its unpretentiousness.**

I didn't have high expectations when I decided to watch this film, and I think this increased the impact it ended up having even more: based on a successful play, the film is an extraordinary comedy full of bizarreness and mis More
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barrymost
4 years ago
There are thirteen bodies in the cellar! Oh, piffle.

Plot in a nutshell: Drama critic Mortimer Brewster has just gotten married. But his newfound wedded bliss is interrupted by the disturbing discovery that his sweet old spinster aunts have been murdering lonely old men with their homemade elde More
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