Arsenic and old lace

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2010
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Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra's spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don't advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces--by serving said bachelors elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. When the sisters' drama-critic nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) stumbles onto their secret, he is understandably put out--especially since he has just married the lovely Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). Given the homicidal tendencies of his aunts, the sinister activities of his escaped-convict older brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) and the disruptive behavior of younger brother Teddy (John Alexander)--who is convinced that he's really Theodore Roosevelt, and runs around the house yelling "CHAAAAARGGGE"--Mortimer isn't keen on starting a family with his new bride. "Insanity runs in my family," he explains. "It practically gallops." Further complications ensue when the murderous Jonathan Brewster arrives home, with his snivelling accomplice Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. When Jonathan learns that his darling aunts have killed twelve men, he is incensed--they're challenging his own record of murders. Though the movie rights for Arsenic and Old Lace were set up so that the film could not be released until 1944, director Capra shot the film quickly and inexpensively in 1941, so that his family could subsist on his $100,000 salary while he was serving in World War II. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Additional Information
Subjects Aunts -- Drama.
Arsenic -- Toxicology -- Drama.
Feature films.
Comedy films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Distributed by Warner Home Video,2010
Contributors Grant, Cary, 1904-1986.
Hull, Josephine, 1877-1957.
Adair, Jean, 1873-1953.
Massey, Raymond.
Alexander, John, 1897-1982.
Lane, Priscilla, 1917-1995.
Lindsay, Howard, 1889-1968.
Crouse, Russel, 1893-1966.
Epstein, Julius J., 1909-2000.
Epstein, Philip G.
Capra, Frank, 1897-1991.
Kesselring, Joseph, 1902-1967.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Raymond Massey, John Alexander, Priscilla Lane.
Language English
English dialogue; English or French subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.
From the stage play by Joseph Kesselring.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Description 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0780663896
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