Arsenic and old lace

United States, 1944

Film
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In this black comedy, Cary Grant plays Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic about to marry Elaine Page (Priscilla Lane) who discovers that insanity runs in his family. His maiden aunts poison lonely old men, and his uncle buries the victims in the cellar. Mortimer attempts to conceal these crimes as police search for the murderer. Grant donated his fee to war relief.

Credits

director
co-producer

Russel Crouse

Howard Lindsay

production company

Warner Bros Pictures

Duration

01:53:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1944

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

37334

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Comedy

Comedy → Black comedy

Comedy → Screwball comedies

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Police films

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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