Trailer
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Arsenic and Old Lace

Runtime
1hr 58mins
Directed by
Frank Capra
Featuring
Cary Grant,
Priscilla Lane,
Raymond Massey
Body

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 (Cary Grant, cutting loose in a hilariously harried performance) returns home to Brooklyn, where his adorably dotty aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair, who both starred in the Broadway production) greet him with love, sweetness . . . and a grisly surprise: the corpses buried in their cellar. A bugle-playing brother (John Alexander) who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, a crazed criminal who’s a dead ringer for Boris Karloff (Raymond Massey), and a seriously slippery plastic surgeon (Peter Lorre) are among the outré oddballs populating Arsenic and Old Lace, a diabolical delight that only gets funnier as the body count rises. - The Criterion Collection

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