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Arsenic And Old Lace [DVD] [1944]

Cary Grant , Priscilla Lane , Frank Capra    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Edward Everett Horton
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: Joseph Kesselring, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
  • Producers: Frank Capra, Jack L. Warner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2001
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056BB9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1941, when Frank Capra filmed Arsenic and Old Lace, he was in the midst of his string of social-concern pictures. So this uncharacteristic property must have seemed like a vacation; it's a straight farce, played at full tilt and closely adapted from the Broadway play. Almost all of the action takes place on a single set: the old home of the Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair), those dear, dotty old ladies who mix up a very special elderberry wine. Very special. As their nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) discovers on the eve of his wedding, the two ladies have been spiking the wine with poison and sending lonely gentleman callers off to the great beyond. More specifically, they've been burying them in the cellar with the help of nutty Uncle Teddy, who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt (and thus digging the Panama Canal down in the basement). The ominous happenings are made more sinister with the arrival of another menacing relative (RaymondMassey) and his quack doctor (Peter Lorre), who look and act like refugees from a horror movie. Played completely over the top, this movie offers up lots of bracing slapstick, with Grant run to near exhaustion by the galloping insanity of his family. Although Capra shot the film in 1941, prior to his making military films during World War II, the film was not released until 1944; the contract stipulated that the movie not come out before the play ended its enormously successful run. --Robert Horton

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audio in italianoomicidi e risate nella commedia nera di frank capra continua il flirt tra frank capra ed il dvd con arsenico e vecchi merletti, una divertentissima commedia nera ad alto tasso di comicita' che vede il grande regista americano abbandonare, per una volta, le urgenze pedagogiche e moraliste dei suoi film piu' celebri e tuffarsi senza remore in unesplosiva storia fatta di equivoci e cadaveri, vero e proprio capolavoro teatrale (che infatti usci' poco tempo dopo il successo in palcoscenico dellomonima ed originale pie'ce di joseph kesserling) valorizzato sul grande schermo da un cast letteralmente perfetto. senza dubbio, arsenico e vecchi merletti vede una delle migliori interpretazioni di cary grant che, ancora lontano dai ruoli sofisticati che lo hanno reso leggendario, si cala con grande vis comica nei panni del giovane mortimer brewster, scrittore di un libro di successo (la bibbia di uno scapolo) che, smentendo le teorie esposte nella propria opera, decide di sposarsi ed abbandonare il proprio status di single. subito dopo la celebrazione del matrimonio mortimer e la giovane sposa elaine (priscilla lane) si preparano a partire per il viaggio di nozze. giunti alla casa del suocero, mortimer ne approfitta per attraversare la strada e andare a trovare due vecchie zie, abby e martha (rispettivamente josephine hull e jean adair). il povero mortimer non pensa che, una volta varcata la soglia di quella casa, in apparenza cosi' calda e accogliente, si ritrovera' al centro di una giostra macabra fatta di cadaveri nascosti e parenti un po matti. le care zie, infatti, hanno la simpatica abitudine di ospitare in casa propria persone in difficolta' (barboni ed individui soli) e di alleviare le loro sofferenze uccidendoli con un bicchiere di vino allarsenico e poi seppellendoli, grazie allintervento di un nipote fuori di testa (john alexander), convinto di essere i

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly delicious! 19 Oct 2003
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
You would have to be suicidal or made of granite not to warm to Frank Capra's finest films. Everybody loves It's a Wonderful Life for its life-affirming humanity, but Arsenic and Old Lace is just a good old-fashioned farce which by 1944 standards must have seemed inky black in its treatment of death. The years have been kind to this film - it has matured beautifully and simply leaves a big wide smile on your face.
However, there is plenty more on offer: Cary Grant may be gloriously over the top, but the splendidly observed supporting performances can be treasured. In particular, Josephine Hull and Jean Adair at the two aunts, Raymond Massey as the homicidal brother and Peter Lorre as his fussy and fragile plastic surgeon.
This is simple escapist entertainment relying on age-old virtues of good script, timing, acting ability and top notch direction - who needs computer-generated special effects anyway!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madcap comedy 6 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
This movie was originally staged as a Broadway comedy, and it shows. Fast paced dialogue, sudden entries and exits, tons of dramatic irony and lots of physical humour all contribute to an hilarious climax. All the action proceeds on a single set, as the hapless Cary Grant tries to manage an increasingly insane and homicidal set of relatives. All this on a Brooklyn Halloween, with the taxi driver waiting next to the cemetry outside. Don't worry, even the most menacing character is absurd or sweet enough to take any sense of horror away, and everything is played for laughs, not screams. A gem of its kind, from a gentler age, when relationships and relatives could be relied on to be sweet, most of the time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feather In His Capra 30 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
This must rank up there as one of the funniest movies ever made; certianly one of Grant's best; it slick black humour and slapstick comedy is the driving force behind its appeal; it never lets up on the laughs from begining to end; a pure delight to watch again and again.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but better in original black and white 21 Oct 2001
By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a classic farce masterfully directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant as a lifelong batchelor trying to get married but having trouble with his literally insane family. That's about all you need to know to want to buy this movie BUT the big dissapointment with this movie is that it is in colour when it was shot in black and white. Why do they do this? Most people want to see a movie as the director meant it to be seen and before his death Frank Capra himself expressed his displeasure at the adding of colour to his classic movies and it is a classic. The choice is yours...
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a classic farce masterfully directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant as a lifelong batchelor trying to get married but having trouble with his literally insane family. If you like old movies, love old Cary Grant movies and enjoy nothing better than watching them on a cold, wet winters evening or afternoon, you'll love this. If you don't like Cary Grant you wont like this. If your looking for It's a Wonderful Life, you wont find it here but you will find an old fashioned farce that looks like it was adapted from the stage (and was adapted from the stage). But it's great fun and that's about all you need to know to about this movie BUT please don't buy the colour print of this movie. Why do they add colour to a movie that originally shot in black and white? Surely most people want to see the original versions of their favorite movies on DVD and it doesn't need colour to enhance it. It's fine as it is in good old fashioned black and white... it's a good old fashioned classic that'll make you reminisce about how "they don't make films like that anymore"...Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arsenic and Old Lace DVD 23 Oct 2012
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I loved this timeless classic. A laugh out loud film. Thoroughly enjoyable.Delightfully dotty maiden Aunts add to this lighthearted comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evergreen 24 July 2009
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A sworn bachelor has just converted to marriage and is about to leave for his honeymoon when he finds out good reasons to fear that total madness runs in his family... His lovely aunts have a very effective method to put an end to other people's loneliness; his brother suffers from delusions on his identity. Only in the end will he discover that the general folly is not a danger for himself, his wife and future descendants. Great fun, the classical way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun Halloween story 15 Dec 2004
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I have seen this movie dozens of times on TV. The problem is they always cut out a lot of the little nuances that make the movie fun; sometimes it is curtail to the story. Now you can see the whole story in its entirety. Lots of sight gags and relies on many expressions to convey what they are thinking. If this looks like a play, that is because it is a play. It was written by Joseph Kesserling and opened in New York City 10 JAN 41. It ran for 1,444 performances. Boris Karloff was an investor and the star attraction so he could not be released for the movie.
The story takes place all on Halloween night in Brooklyn. Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) a critic, that wrote a scathing book about the negatives of marriage, gets married. He soon finds out about his families past and where the bodies are buried. Soon he is to be visited by his estranged or just strange brother (Raymond Massey). Seems that his brother and his brother's friend, Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre), has some secrets of their own. Keep your eye on the elderberry wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Cary Grant.
Loved this film when I first saw it, (many many moons ago), I'm happy to say that watching it again I was just as taken with it.
Published 9 days ago by Tracy Ingamells
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great moments. A film not to miss
A real classic . Quick . Full of great moments . A film not to miss. Get it you will LOVE it.
Published 11 days ago by Mr N.J.Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just Fab
Published 16 days ago by mccoshe
5.0 out of 5 stars great copy.
Excellent service and an excellent copy. A great film and a true classic and a great comedy. Love it. Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
A true classic film, my dad recommended it when I was little and it's every bit as funny nearly 40 years on!
Published 1 month ago by H Black
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish film only watched for a short time
Rubbish film only watched for a short time - bought as a laugh for lace anniversary. I don't recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars arsenic
i like cary grant . all his movies are enjoyable. this is very funny at times . unbelievable what two old dears could get up to.
Published 2 months ago by toytown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old comedy
Very funny old film with Cary Grant giving a truly excellent performance as the only sane member of the family, or is he? A good watch.
Published 2 months ago by Christine Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant dvd
arrived as expected dvd was just as i remembered the original film from years ago would highly recommend to anyone
Published 3 months ago by Wendy Lynn Forman
4.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem and laughter.
Some very odd stuff here, but extremely funny at times, super understated support acting. Cary Grant doing the brilliant double takes and wide eyes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BarryRM18
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