Also Known As: Frank Capra’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
Company: Warner Bros.
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Full Cast: Cary Grant / Priscilla Lane / Raymond Massey / Jack Carson / Edward Everett Horton / Peter Lorre / James Gleason / Josephine Hull / Jean Adair / John Alexander / Grant Mitchell / Edward McNamara / Garry Owen / John Ridgely / Vaughan Glaser / Chester Clute / Charles Lane / Edward McWade / Spencer Charters / Sol Gorss / Herbert Gunn / Roland Jones / Hank Mann / Spec O’Donnell / Lee Phelps / Don Phillips / Raymond Walburn / Leo White / Jean Wong
Cast and Character: Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster / Priscilla Lane as Elaine Harper / Raymond Massey as Jonathan Brewster / Jack Carson as O’Hara / Edward Everett Horton as Mr. Witherspoon / Peter Lorre as Dr. Einstein / James Gleason as Lt. Rooney / Josephine Hull as Abby Brewster / Jean Adair as Martha Brewster / John Alexander as ‘Teddy Roosevelt’ Brewster / Grant Mitchell as Reverend Harper / Edward McNamara as Brophy / Garry Owen as Taxi Cab Driver / John Ridgely as Saunders / Vaughan Glaser as Judge Cullman
Color: Black and White
Description: A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
Directors: Frank Capra
Genres: Comedy / Crime / Romance / Thriller
Languages: English / German
Location: City Island, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Opening Weekend: n/A
Plot: Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer’s two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts’ hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse.
Release Date: 23 September 1944 (USA)
Runtime: 118 min
Sound Mix: Mono
Tagline: She Passed Out On Cary ! No Wonder . . . She’s just discovered his favorite aunts have poisoned their 13th gentleman friend !
Title: Arsenic and Old Lace
Writers: Julius J. Epstein / Philip G. Epstein
Arsenic and Old Lace got rated 8.0.
About the movie: Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer’s two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts’ hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse.
Ikiru got rated 8.3.
About the movie: Kanji Watanabe is a longtime bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing. He learns he is dying of cancer and wants to find some meaning in his life. He finds himself unable to talk with his family, and spends a night on the town with a novelist, but that leaves him unfulfilled. He next spends time with a young woman from his office, but finally decides he can make a difference through his job… After Watanabe’s death, co-workers at his funeral discuss his behavior over the last several months and debate why he suddenly became assertive in his job to promote a city park, and resolve to be more like Watanabe.