Arsenic and Old Lace Movie Review 1944

Information and Film Reviews for Arsenic and Old Lace the Movie

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Set-bound but energetic adaptation of the classic Joseph Kesselring play. Easy-going drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Grant) is caught in a sticky situation when he learns of his aunts' favorite pastime. Apparently the kind, sweet, lonely spinsters lure gentlemen to the house and serve them elderberry wine with a touch of arsenic, then they bury the bodies in the cellar--a cellar which also serves as the Panama Canal for Mortimer's cousin (who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt). Massey, as Brewster cousin Jonathan, and Lorre, as his plastic surgeon, excel in their sinister roles. One of the best madcap comedies of all time--a must-see. Shot in 1941 and released a wee bit later.


Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Black Comedy, Adapted from a Play, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Sanity Check, Poisons, Hide the Dead Guy, Cousins
Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Priscilla Lane, John Alexander, Edward Everett Horton, Peter Lorre, James Gleason, John Ridgely
Sol Polito
Frank Capra
Max Steiner
Daniel Mandell
Warner Bros.

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