Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

DVD - 2000
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An easy going drama critic discovers that his kind and gentle Aunts Abby and Martha have a bizarre habit of poisoning gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video : Turner Entertainment, c2000, 1944.
ISBN: 9780790743943
0790743949
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.

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d2013 Nov 15, 2017

Fanciful and fun. I never tire watching Gary Grant on screen, he's just a great actor.

TSCPL_Anna Jun 24, 2017

Things that definitely deserve the hype this classic gets:
-The plot (our main character discovers his beloved aunts perform "mercy killings" to old, lonely men and bury them in the basement with the help of his brother who believes he's Teddy Roosevelt)
-The actresses who play the aunts, who easily steal the show, and the actor who plays "Teddy Roosevelt"
-The title (seriously, best title ever)
Overall, though, I thought the comedy was a little forced. Still, this is a classic worth watching, at the very least just to say you've watched it. And since I'm about the only person who didn't rate this movie four or more stars, you'll probably enjoy it more than I did.

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Daj_O
Jun 12, 2016

What a wonderful old movie! Cary Grant has impeccable comic timing and does a great double-take. The story clips along with sparking patter and--comedy ensues.

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StarGladiator
Jun 10, 2016

A classic comedy with that world classic actor, Cary Grant!

Vincent T Lombardo Oct 17, 2015

What a farce! Very clever and amusing. I laughed a lot.

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BoogerBot
May 06, 2015

Really funny & twisted

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Madreley
May 06, 2015

An old funny movie, the 2 old sisters are really hilarious. Nice clean family movie.

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garycornell
Jun 14, 2014

Frank Capra left us so many wonderful films. Arsenic and Old Lace Is just plain zany. The characters here are over the top and yet so sincere. They have ridiculous ideas but they are completely unaware of there consequences. One of Frank Capra best films!

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Monolith
Nov 27, 2012

Very funny stage to screen slapstick adaptation from Frank Capra. Cary Grant's comedic timing and facial expressions were hysterical. And agreed, those cute little aunties were adorable, especially the plump and waddling one. Raymond Massey was pretty creepy, and the rat-like Peter Lorre was always a perfect sniveling sidekick. Fun flick.

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Palomino
May 29, 2012

Cary Grant: not near as good-looking as I'd heard, but ten times funnier. I always have trouble with old movies, I'm used to the detail and subtlety of modern TV dramas (and, you know, colour film), but as soon as I realized this was a farcical play and not a normal movie, I was happy. The old aunts are adorable, and I'm normally allergic to old aunts. I like the running Boris Karloff jokes. I was actually scared in places, I'm easily scared. I think anyone would enjoy this.

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Monolith
Nov 27, 2012

Mortimer Brewster (chasing potential room-renter Mr. Gibbs out of the house): "You... Get out of here! D'ya wanna be poisoned? D'ya wanna be murdered? D'ya wanna be killed?"

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Monolith
Nov 27, 2012

Elaine Harper: "But, darling... Niagara Falls!" Mortimer Brewster: "It does? Well, let it."

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Monolith
Nov 27, 2012

Mortimer Brewster: "Yes, operator, I'd like the Happy Dale Sanatorium, Happy Dale, New York. ...Come on, operator, what's taking so long? They're just across the river. I could swim it faster! No, I don't want the Happy Dale Laundry. I want the Happy Dale Sanatorium. Sanatorium, sanatorium, sanatorium. Yes, yes, like a broken record. Hello -- what? They're busy? Busy? Look, they're busy and you're dizzy. No, I am not drunk, madam, but you've given me an idea!"

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