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Rating: 6 stars


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Seen on: 12/01/2019

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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Directed by Frank Capra


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Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married;  but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts’ hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!

Rated NR | Length 118 minutes


Peter Lorre | Edward Everett Horton | Cary Grant | Sol Gorss | Josephine Hull | Jean Adair | Raymond Massey | Priscilla Lane | John Alexander | Jack Carson | John Ridgely | Edward McNamara | Hank Mann | Leo White | Charles Lane | Grant Mitchell | Chester Clute | James Gleason | Spencer Charters | Raymond Walburn | Edward McWade | Garry Owen | Spec O'Donnell | Lee Phelps | Vaughan Glaser | Jimmy the Crow

Viewing Notes

One of those movies that I thought I had seen but wasn’t logged here so I requested it from the library… definitely had not seen before! Didn’t know this was a Halloween movie (or at least one set on Halloween). The film posits that everyone in 1944 Brooklyn is either crooked, dimwitted or mentally insane. Such a bizarre movie that would play really well with the CFS crowd bc it has that kind of silliness. While it’s a huge suspension of belief that the two Brewster aunts have been murdering men and burying them in their basement (this is the literal premise of the film) without raising any suspicion, there are many humorous moments. I really like Peter Lorre as the drunk doctor.

I wouldn’t watch this again at home but would absolutely go to a rep screening of it, preferably on Halloween!


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