Arsenic and old lace
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Frank Capra adapted a hit stage play for this marvelous screwball meeting of the madcap and the macabre. On Halloween, newly married drama critic Mortimer Brewster returns home to Brooklyn, where his adorably dotty aunts greet him with love, sweetness...and a grisly surprise: the corpses buried in their cellar. A bugle-playing brother who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, a crazed criminal who's a dead ringer for Boris Karloff, and a seriously slippery plastic surgeon are among the outré oddballs populating Arsenic and Old Lace, a diabolical delight that only gets funnier as the body count rises.
Murder -- Drama.
Mentally ill -- Drama.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Drama.
Dark comedy films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [New York, N.Y.] :The Criterion Collection,2022
|Other Titles|| Arsenic and old lace.
Frank Capra's Arsenic and old lace
Epstein, Julius J.,
Epstein, Philip G., screenwriter.
Lindsay, Howard, 1889-1968, producer.
Crouse, Russel, 1893-1966, producer.
Capra, Frank, 1897-1991, film director.
Grant, Cary, 1904-1986, actor.
Massey, Raymond, actor.
Carson, Jack, 1910-1963, actor.
Lorre, Peter, actor.
Lane, Priscilla, 1917-1995, actor.
Horton, Edward Everett, actor.
Gleason, James, 1886-1959, actor.
Hull, Josephine, 1877-1957, actor.
Adair, Jean, 1873-1953, actor.
Alexander, John, 1897-1982, actor.
Steiner, Max, 1888-1971, composer.
Kesselring, Joseph, 1902-1967. Arsenic and old lace.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967), presenter, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Priscilla Lane, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, John Alexander.
Director of photography, Sol Polito ; editor, Daniel Mandell ; music, Max Steiner.
In English; with English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
At head of title: Frank Capra's.
Based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and old lace.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.
Accompanying material comprises an essay, Madness in the family, by David Cairns.
Special features: New, restored 4K digital transfer; New adudio commentary; Radio adaptation from 1952; Trailer; Essay.
DVD; NTSC; region 1; full screen (1.37:1) presentation; Dolby Audio, monaural.
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded insert.