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Arsenic and Old Lace (23-Sep-1944)

Director: Frank Capra

Writers: Julius J. Epstein; Philip G. Epstein

From a play by: Joseph Kesselring

Music by: Max Steiner

Keywords: Dark Comedy, Halloween, Brooklyn, New York

Newly married Mortimer Brewster visits his two elderly aunts, where to his horror he discovers their hobby of euthanising lonely elderly men with arsenic-elderberry wine; nephew Teddy, who honestly thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt, digs the Panama Canal in the basement, burying the fresh cadavers as victims of yellow fever. Other family members are equally out of their minds.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jack Carson
Actor
27-Oct-1910 2-Jan-1963 Two Guys From Milwaukee
James Gleason
Actor
23-May-1882 12-Apr-1959 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Cary Grant
Actor
18-Jan-1904 29-Nov-1986 North by Northwest
Edward Everett Horton
Actor
18-Mar-1886 29-Sep-1970 Prolific 1930s comedic actor
Josephine Hull
Actor
3-Jan-1886 12-Mar-1957 Harvey
Charles Lane
Actor
26-Jan-1905 9-Jul-2007 Grumpy character actor
Priscilla Lane
Actor
12-Jun-1915 4-Apr-1995 Saboteur
Peter Lorre
Actor
26-Jun-1904 23-Mar-1964 The Maltese Falcon
Raymond Massey
Actor
30-Aug-1896 29-Jul-1983 Things to Come
Grant Mitchell
Actor
17-Jun-1874 1-May-1957 Father Is a Prince

CAST

Cary Grant   ...   Mortimer Brewster
Priscilla Lane   ...   Elaine Harper
with
Raymond Massey   ...   Jonathan Brewster
Jack Carson   ...   O'Hara
Edward Everett Horton   ...   Mr. Witherspoon
Peter Lorre   ...   Dr. Einstein
James Gleason   ...   Lt. Rooney
and
Josephine Hull   ...   Abby Brewster
Jean Adair   ...   Aunt Martha Brewster
John Alexander   ...   Teddy Roosevelt Brewster
Grant Mitchell   ...   Rev. Harper
Edward McNamara   ...   Brophy
Garry Owen   ...   Taxi Cab Driver
John Ridgely   ...   Saunders
Vaughan Glaser   ...   Judge Cullman
Chester Clute   ...   Dr. Gilchrist
Charles Lane   ...   Reporter
Edward McWade   ...   Gibbs

REVIEWS

Review by tgrstoreman (posted on 15-May-2009)

Cary Grant at his hilarious best. A must for all his fans. All actors brilliant. Ageless and priceless humour.


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