Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1944. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by Joseph Kesselring. Cinematography by Sol Polito. Produced by Jack L. Warner. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Max Parker. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.
Hilarious adaptation of the popular play about a well-intentioned suitor (Cary Grant) who is trying to court Priscilla Lane but hopes that she won’t find out his dark family secret: all of his relatives are loony! “Insanity runs in my family…practically gallops,” he finally admits to her. What she doesn’t know is that Grant’s two loopy aunts (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair) have the unfortunate habit of poisoning the lonely men they pity and giving them Christian burials in their basement. Madcap, slapstick mayhem, all of it perfectly delightful.