Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

Director: Frank Capra Cast: Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane
, Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
, Jack Carson
Jack Carson
Frank Capra
Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

Director: Frank Capra Cast: Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane
, Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
, Jack Carson
Jack Carson
Frank Capra

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Overview

Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra's spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don't advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces--by serving said bachelors elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. When the sisters' drama-critic nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) stumbles onto their secret, he is understandably put out--especially since he has just married the lovely Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). Given the homicidal tendencies of his aunts, the sinister activities of his escaped-convict older brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) and the disruptive behavior of younger brother Teddy (John Alexander)--who is convinced that he's really Theodore Roosevelt, and runs around the house yelling "CHAAAAARGGGE"--Mortimer isn't keen on starting a family with his new bride. "Insanity runs in my family," he explains. "It practically gallops." Further complications ensue when the murderous Jonathan Brewster arrives home, with his snivelling accomplice Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. When Jonathan learns that his darling aunts have killed twelve men, he is incensed--they're challenging his own record of murders. Though the movie rights for Arsenic and Old Lace were set up so that the film could not be released until 1944, director Capra shot the film quickly and inexpensively in 1941, so that his family could subsist on his $100,000 salary while he was serving in World War II.


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Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2022
UPC: 0715515277716
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 79

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Mortimer Brewster
Priscilla Lane Elaine Harper
Raymond Massey Jonathan Brewster
Jack Carson Officer O'Hara
Peter Lorre Dr. Einstein
Edward Everett Horton Mr. Witherspoon
James Gleason Lt. Rooney
Josephine Hull Abbey Brewster
Jean Adair Martha Brewster
John Alexander "Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster
Grant Mitchell Rev. Harper
Edward McNamara Brophy
Garry Owen Taxi Driver
John Ridgely Saunders
Vaughan Glaser Judge Cullman
Chester Clute Dr. Gilchrist
Charles Lane Reporter
Edward McWade Gibbs
Spencer Charters Marriage License Clerk
Hank Mann Photographer
Lee Phelps Umpire
Leo White Man in Phone Booth

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director,Producer
Robert Burks Special Effects
Russel Crouse Producer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Howard Lindsay Producer
Dan Mandell Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Parker Art Director
Sol Polito Cinematographer
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Russ Saunders Asst. Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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