Arsenic and Old Lace details
|Starring:||Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Priscilla Lane, James Gleason|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
Arsenic and Old Lace
|Rental release:||07 Jun 2004|
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There is a Happydale far far away!By GraftheGreatest (15 reviews) from Harrow , 26 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a theatre critic & long time marriage-phobe marries sweetheart Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). When he goes to his aunts, Abby (Hull) & Martha (Adair) to break the happy news, he discovers that
their hobby is poisoning depressed, old men & then getting their other nephew, Teddy (John Alexander), who thinks he is President Teddy Roosevelt, to bury the 'yellow fever victims' in the cellar (Panama Canal).
The third of the 3 nephews, is Jonathan (Raymond Massey), a mad psychotic killer with an unmistakable likeness to Boris Karloff & his accomplice,the sublime Peter Lorre as Dr. Einstein. Unbelievably, it seems, Mortimer's aunts have 'given peace' to 12 gentlemen, the same number that Jonathan has 'offed'. The rest of the movie revolves around Mortimer trying to avoid his brother's clutches whilst putting other brother Teddy into Happydale Sanitarium to cover for his aunts antics.
I loved this movie. It's a classic, from start to finish. The direction
is impercetible & the work of one of the Hollywood Greats, Frank Capra.
Although essentially a one room drama, the impeccable Grant & excellent
supporting cast weave a magical, darkly funny comic spell. It manages to be both a sweet tale & yet have truly dark moments. Based on the long-running Broadway hit, Adair & Hull, reprising their roles, this was made in 1941 & released 3 years later, once the play had stopped running.
Everyone should discover this timeless classic!
'Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!'
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an awesome classicBy denis007 (167 reviews) , 05 Jan 2013Hilarious movie! This is the movie to watch if you want to spend a pleasant evening. Cary Grant's facial expressions are priceless. It is definitely one of his best movies and one of the best comedies of the previous century! 2 hours of true delight! My favorite scene takes place at the very end when Cary carries his wife out of the house. It is an absolute treasure. Everybody in the family loved it! To be highly recommended to anyone who is in great need of laughter.
Still one of the most funny films of the last centuryBy riskysmith (150 reviews) , 23 Nov 2012As a fan of Cary Grant and in particular Peter Lorre, I bought this film many years ago and have seen it many times. It is one of the most funny films of the last century and my sole reason for renting it was partly due to adding to my rental list whilst waiting for the discs I really want, and partly to see if the picture quality had improved over the years. The film is so good it would probably be worth making a blu ray copy.
Silly and a bit irritatingBy a customer , 12 Mar 2012There were a couple of mildly amusing moments. We managed to watch it all the way through but it was a struggle, it was about an hour and a half too long. If you like old fashioned slapstick comedy you will probably like it.
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classic brillianceBy cheesekake (1501 reviews) from uk , 03 Mar 2012totaly classic brilliantly hillarious film.
grant does it again as always in this really good madcap but timeless film enough said
THE BEST THERAPY MONEY CAN BUY!By Ratso (10 reviews) from London , 28 Nov 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]My Wife and I laughed till it hurt and tears rolled down our faces.
Cary Grant is so achingly funny, his expressions had me rolling on the carpet, slapping the floor and biting my fist. No wonder so many comic artists, writers and comedians list Arsnic and Old Lace as their all time favourate comedy film.
There's only one film as good as this one 'Some Like It Hot'.