Arsenic and Old Lace

Looking for a Halloween movie that’s dark humor instead of dark horror? Check out this Frank Capra film starring Cary Grant in one of his most over-the-top roles. Not typical Capra, not typical Grant, not typical humor–but a great movie! Reblogged from an earlier post.

Classic for a Reason

Arsenic and Old Lace, 1944, Warner Bros. Pictures. Starring Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair. Directed by Frank Capra. B&W, 118 minutes.

Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) has just eloped with the girl next door, Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). Before leaving on their honeymoon, they stop to give the news to their respective families. For their part, Mortimer’s elderly aunts, Abby and Martha (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair, reprising their Broadway roles), are thrilled he’s finally settling down with the lovely Elaine.

Priscilla Lane, Cary Grant, Arsenic and Old Lace Priscilla Lane, Cary Grant

But during his visit, Mortimer discovers his kindly aunts have taken on a new cause, that of releasing lonely elderly gentlemen from their earthly pain with a sip of poisoned elderberry wine. The morbid work of burying the bodies in the basement is done by deluded Uncle Teddy (John Alexander), who believes he’s Theodore Roosevelt, digging the Panama Canal.

About the time the…

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