Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
|Producer(s)||Jack L. Warner (executive), Frank Capra (associate uncredited)|
|Top Genres||Comedy, Crime, Mystery|
|Top Topics||Alcohol, Based on Play, Marriage, Reporters, Screwball Comedy, Sisters, Weddings|
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.
Beware nice old ladies offering elderberry wine! A mild-mannered drama critic discovers the shocking truth about his two elderly aunts: The seemingly harmless old ladies have the most disagreeable habit of poisoning their gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar. One of the all-time great black comedies.
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Mortimer Brewster: Cellar?
Jonathan Brewster: There's an elderly gentleman down there who seems to be very dead.
Jonathan Brewster: Go to bed, Aunt Abby!
Martha Brewster: [to Mortimer] One of our gentlemen found time to say "How delicious"!
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Ronald Reagan and Jack Benny were offered the role of Mortimer Brewster, but turned it down. Bob Hope was offered the part and was eager to do it but Paramount Pictures refused to loan him out to Warner Bros. for the project.
According to various sources, Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein adapted the screenplay "with help" from Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
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