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Arsenic and Old Lace

Lists: 70 Years Ago - 1944

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 1944: # 0)


Rating:
97
Adjusted* Rating:
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97

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People Involved

  • Cary Grant (Mortimer Brewster)
  • Priscilla Lane (Elaine Harper)
  • Raymond Massey (Jonathan Brewster)
  • Jack Carson (Officer Patrick OHara)
  • Edward Everett Horton (Mr. Witherspoon)
  • Peter Lorre (Dr. Einstein)
  • James Gleason (Lt. Rooney)
  • Josephine Hull (Aunt Abby Brewster)
  • Jean Adair (Aunt Martha Brewster)
  • John Alexander (Teddy Roosevelt Brewster)
  • Grant Mitchell (Reverend Harper)
  • Edward McNamara (Sergeant Brophy)
  • Garry Owen (Taxi Cab Driver)
  • John Ridgely (Officer Saunders)
  • Vaughan Glaser (Judge Cullman)
  • Chester Clute (Dr. Gilchrist)
  • Charles Lane (Reporter)
  • Edward McWade (Gibbs)
  • Spencer Charters (Marriage License Clerk (uncredited))
  • Hank Mann (Photographer at Marriage License Office (uncredited))
  • Frank Capra (Director)