Arsenic And Old Lace

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(out of 5)


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.


Warner Bros.

USA, 1944

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


ArsenicAndOldLace

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