Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1944Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

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.

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