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Arsenic and Old Lace

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About the Movie

Oscar-winner Cary Grant ("The Awful Truth," "Suspicion," "North by Northwest") stars as a drama critic whose life is turned upside down when he discovers that his two spinster aunts have taken to poisoning their gentlemen house guests and burying the bodies in their old Victorian home. A classic and hilarious black comedy based on the popular Broadway play. Directed and produced by Oscar-winner Frank Capra ("It's A Wonderful Life," "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"). Co-starring Oscar-winner Josephine Hull ("Harvey"). With Peter Lorre ("Casablanca," "M") and Oscar-nominee Raymond Massey ("East of Eden," TV's "Dr. Kildare") as two scheming murderers.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Good macabre fun. – New York Times, Oct 22, 2013

Fresh: Despite the fact that picture runs 118 minutes, Frank Capra has expanded on the original play [by Joseph Kesselring] to a sufficient extent to maintain a steady, consistent pace. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Cary Grant et al are on sparkling form in this classic darkly twisted comedy. – David Parkinson, Empire Magazine, Oct 22, 2013

Fresh: The film was adapted from a successful stage play and it comes across as very theatrical on screen, but once you get past that, there's an enjoyable lunacy to the whole thing. – Film4, Oct 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

One of the most wonderful movies

Are you kidding me? No one has written a review of this movie? This has to be one of my all-time favorites. I watched it as a little girl and was transfixed. The plot, the actors... there's so much win here that it's a shame it's not more popular. I highly recommend it.

awsome movie

you will not see a better black and white movie in your life

Funny, Witty, Creative

The title says it all!

Arsenic and Old Lace
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1944

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