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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

  Movie House Memories Episode #108
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Warner Bros released Arsenic and Old Lace to theaters on September 23, 1944. Frank Capra directed the film which starred Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, and Raymond Massey.

Arsenic and Old Lace Movie Summary

This Halloween is full of tricks and treats for Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a published bachelor. He marries the girl next door, betraying his own anti-marriage stance. He learns that his two sweet elderly aunts are the mercy killers of twelve lonely old men and their bodies are in the cellar. Mortimer also orchestrates the committal of his brother Teddy who believes that he is Theodore Roosevelt into an asylum. He also witnesses the voluntary committal of his beloved aunts. Martha and Abby.

He endures an attempt on his life from his long lost criminal brother, Jonny (Raymond Massey) and his sidekick, Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre). Mortimer questions his marriage because of the insanity of his family. He is treated with the knowledge that he is actually the “son of a cook” and was adopted. With the rest of the family finally taken care of, Mortimer is ready to begin his honeymoon with his beautiful bride at Niagara Falls.

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  • Eddie

    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.

    • MHMChris

      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.

      • Eddie

        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!

        • 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:)

          • MHMChris

            Yes…I love that film!