Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

  • Director: Frank Capra
  • Writer: Julius J. Epstein,Philip G. Epstein,Joseph Kesselr
  • Countries of origin: United States
  • Language: English, German
  • Release date: September 21, 1944
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37 : 1
  • Also known as: Frank Capra's 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
  • "Arsenic and Old Lace" is a black comedy film directed by Frank Capra , starring Cary Grant and released on September 23, 1944.
    The film is adapted from the Broadway stage play of the same name. It tells a series of thrillers and hilarious stories after the protagonist discovers the secrets of his two aunts' murders   .


    • Release date September 21, 1944
    • Filming locations Stage 19, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
    • Production companies Warner Bros.

    Box office


    $1,164,000 (estimated)

    Movie reviews

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    • By Mandy 2022-02-12 08:01:24

      Murder, hide corpses, and indoor furnishings

      After watching this film, I feel Capra wins a point in my heart. The overall expressiveness of the film is very strong (although I don’t like the exaggerated acting of the handsome guy Gary Grant in it), in a residence, it contains a series of spaces for killing, hiding corpses, and "burial". The design of the scenes Very characteristic with layout. An unbelievable story, under Capra’s comic narration, always reminds me of Hitchcock. To be precise, it is reminded of Hitchcock’s two films:...

    • By Madelyn 2022-02-12 08:01:24

      Poison and the old woman

      A great black comedy, the character setting and performance are exceptionally in place. As a movie at the beginning of the last century, it still seems that there is still a strong sense of theatrical drama, and the character performance is also slightly exaggerated. The rhythm of the film is slow in the early stage, but the contradictions are concentrated in the middle and late stages, the characters appear one after another, and the climax continues. The fly in the ointment is that the...

    • By Jalyn 2022-02-12 08:01:24

      Poison and the old woman

      The old lady opened the cabinet and put her hats. The densely packed hats o(╯□╰)o actually, in their opinion, they are giving virtues, helping the lonely old man find a home, and holding a funeral or something, it may be psychologically true. Helped a homeless man and ended his suffering in the world, just like the current euthanasia, but when I think about it, it feels even more terrifying. After all, the two old people's views are caused by the different views of good and evil under different...

    • By Virgil 2022-02-12 08:01:24

      "Arsenic and Old Lace": A family of lunatics (IMDB250 TOP 244)

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      Continue to read the IMDB250 series. I'm done, I'll be complete after a bit of hard work. The director of this film is Frank Capra. With my knowledge of him, I knew this film must be good before I watched the...

    • By Federico 2022-02-12 08:01:24

      Comedy conflict in a single scene

      Since the several films directed by Capra I have come into contact with before are relatively themes, I thought that before watching "Poison and the Old Woman", I thought that this should continue the previous style. Sure enough, it started with an emotional scene between Grant and the girl, as well as an idiot's funny plot. So far, the atmosphere is more relaxed and lively. Although there is a reminder of a "homicidal case" in the beginning of the film, it is estimated to have been left behind...

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    • By Carmine 2022-04-23 07:02:32

      Couldn't even recognize Cary Grant from North by Northwest. In fact, the second half is full of jokes. One family killed 24...

    • By Gabe 2022-04-23 07:02:32

      The humorous family is more of a personal performance, which is also a feature of the movie at that time; two old women, are they still insinuating the...

    • By Felipe 2022-04-23 07:02:32

      Adapted from a Broadway dark comedy...

    • By Hester 2022-04-23 07:02:32

      But it's going to kill me so much! A bunch of BB maniacs. Grant sells so cute. There are too many perfunctory places in the plot, it can only be regarded as a pure...

    • By Graciela 2022-04-23 07:02:32

      This style of telling bizarre crime stories in a hilarious way is actually a bit like the British Ealing...

    Movie plot

    After overcoming the fear of marriage, New York theater critic Mortimer Brewster, the bachelor who wrote millions of articles against marriage, married the priest’s daughter Elaine Harper on Halloween. On the way to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon, Mortimer and Elaine stopped for a while in Brooklyn. Elaine's father lives in Brooklyn, and Mortimer's two aunts live next to Harper's house. When Elaine conveyed the marriage news to her...
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    Evaluation action

    The story of the film is not complicated, but the director uses a wealth of scheduling skills to deal with the whole story with a sense of rhythm, and the grasp of emotions is also in place. At the same time, the lines of actor Fengding in the film not only explain the plot, but also become a carrier attached to space. During the development of the story, we can see the strong traces of the stage play. The upright officer has extremely...
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    Movie quotes

    • Cab Driver: Hey! $22.50!

      Mortimer Brewster: What?

      Cab Driver: $22.50!

      Mortimer Brewster: Oh, yes, looks good on you!

      Cab Driver: Yeah. Not the suit, the meter!

    • Cab Driver: Hey, you! Five more bucks and you'll own it!

      Mortimer Brewster: Oh, no thanks! It wouldn't fit me!

    • Mortimer Brewster: [introducing Teddy to Gilchrist] Oh, uh, Mr. President, may I have the pleasure of introducing...

      Teddy Brewster: Dr. Livingstone!

      Dr. Gilchrist: Livingstone?

      Mortimer Brewster: Yeah, well, that's what he presumes.