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] To my dear dead brother.


Dr. Einstein: At least people in plays act like they've got sense.
Mortimer Brewster: Oh, you think so? Did you ever see anybody in a play act like they got any intelligence?
Dr. Einstein: [agonizing] How can somebody be so stupid!


Teddy Brewster: [His first line] I must be catching cold.
Abby Brewster: No, dear, it was Reverend Harper who sneezed.


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Facts about

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.
According to various sources, Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein adapted the screenplay "with help" from Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
In the play, Mr. Witherspoon, the caretaker of Happydale Sanitarium, is himself poisoned with a glass of wine by the two aunts, but the censors forced the studio to change this because it would have meant that the two aunts would have gotten away with murder. However, Edward Everett Horton, who played Witherspoon in the movie, did pose for a publicity photograph with a glass of wine in his hand.
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