Arsenic and Old Lace Overview:

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra and Jack L. Warner.

The film was based on the play of the same name written by Joseph Kesselring performed at the Fulton Theatre, NY & Hudson Theatre, NY from Jan 10, 1941 - Jun 17, 1944.

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Screening of "Arsenic and Old Lace" October 28 at the Daystar Center

By Stephen Reginald on Oct 23, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of "Arsenic and Old Lace" October 28 at the Daystar Center “Halloween” Series: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street When: October 28, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) is the screen adaptation of... Read full article


Favorite things about… Arsenic and Old Lace

By Lindsey on Jun 24, 2015 From The Motion Pictures

The favorite film: Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1944 black comedy directed by Frank Capra (Image via Happy Otter) The synopsis: Mortimer Brewster is a soon-to-be-married drama critic. He’s “sneered at every love scene in every play.” His reputation is one of a permanent bachelor, and he... Read full article


Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

By Beatrice on Nov 11, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Arsenic and Old Lace Directed by Frank Capra Written by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein from the play by Joseph Kesselring 1944/USA Warner Bros. Repeat viewing/Netflix rental I hate to say it but Cary Grant is way too frenetic for my tastes in this wacky comedy. ?The supporting players ... Read full article


Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 15, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant with a zany and strange supporting cast, this film adapted from a play is a?farcical? black?comedy. Grant is a drama critic who is just recently married and he is about to go on his?honeymoon.?However, he is horrified to learn that his two unassuming a... Read full article


Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 15, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant with a zany and strange supporting cast, this film adapted from a play is a?farcical? black?comedy. Grant is a drama critic who is just recently married and he is about to go on his?honeymoon.?However, he is horrified to learn that his two unassuming a... Read full article


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Quotes from

Jonathan Brewster: [to Dr. Einstein] This time, I want the face of an absolute non-enity!


Jonathan Brewster: [to Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha] Dr. Einstein and I need a place to sleep. You remember that, as a boy, I could be disagreeable. It would not be pleasant for any of us if... I don't have to go into details, do I?


Abby Brewster: [to Mortimer about the body in the window seat] Who can that be?


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Facts about

Some 20 years before filming this movie, actress Jean Adair had helped to nurse a very sick vaudeville performer named Archie Leach back to health; by the time she was asked to reprise her Broadway "Arsenic and Old Lace" role as Aunt Martha for this film, Adair and Leach, now known as Cary Grant, were old friends.
Mortimer's repeated phrase at the end of the film declaring the secret of his birth was originally "I'm not a Brewster - I'm a bastard!" However, the censors demanded that it be changed, resulting in the phrase "I'm the son of a sea cook!"
Alberta Gary, Joan Leslie, Juanita Stark and Vera Lewis are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but they did not appear or were not identifiable.
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