Movie House Memories

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Episode #108

Warner Bros released Arsenic and Old Lace to theaters on September 23, 1944. Frank Capra directed the film starring Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, and Raymond Massey.

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Movie Summary

Mortimer Brewster is a newsman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. However, he gets married at city hall in the opening scene anyhow. When he returns home he must tell his two maiden aunts the news. However, while doing so, he learns his aunts’ hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. Things get complicated from there.

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Warner Bros released Arsenic and Old Lace on September 23, 1944. Frank Capra directed the film which starred Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, and Raymond Massey.

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6 years ago

Great podcast. Surprised It happened one night wasn’t mentioned, it’s arguably Capra’s 2nd most famous film and given credit for inventing the genre of screwball comedy. It’s definitely a top 100 film for me(though not as funny as this film). I read on Wikipedia that Karloff reprised his role in a tv version in the 50s.
I wonder how often Lori has picked a film that the rest of you haven’t seen before, seems to happen more often than with anyone else, except maybe Chris.
Looking forward to inglorious basterds, a bit surprised that Matt picked it because he didn’t like pulp fiction.

6 years ago
Reply to  Eddie

I think Lori watches more musicals and old movies than the rest of us, where as Patrick and I tend to watch more films from the 70s and 80s, and then Matt more 90s and 2000s. The older films I watch tend to be more noir which overlaps a lot with Lori’s older movies. I think it makes a good mix.

It Happened One Night is a film I haven’t watched in a long time. I will have to watch it again.

6 years ago
Reply to  MHMChris

It happened one night would certainly be a good choice for golden age. I haven’t seen You can’t take it with you in a long time, will have to rewatch since Lori is such a big fan. So what’s the schedule for the rest of the year after basterds? Only 4 films left!

6 years ago
Reply to  Eddie

Just got the newsletter email. I’m guessing you picked over the edge, Chris. You definitely make the most unusual picks of the 4:)

6 years ago
Reply to  Eddie

Yes…I love that film!

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