#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts’ hobby – killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!
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Frenetic roller-coaster ride – Capra style!
The Broadway show this film is based on ran for something like four years, such was the yearning for riotous rompathons in the 40s, and thus here the Capra adaptation is pretty much non stop mania. Led by the perfectly cast Cary Grant, the film barely pauses for breath, stopping only briefly to put a bit of creepy menace into the otherwise insane plot. Oh yes the plot, the elderly Brewster sisters are the dear hearts of the neighbourhood, but what folk don’t realise is that they are poisoning elderly male visitors to their home to save them from being lonely! This sets us up for romps as nephew Mortimer (Grant) lurches from one incredulous scene to another upon finding out about his dear Aunt’s penchant for murder.
Peter Lorre & Raymond Massey add to the madness upon visiting the house, whilst John Alexander almost steals the film as the barmy uncle who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt! But it’s Grant’s show all the way, rarely will you see an actor express so many faces of incredulity with such mirthful results as what Grant gives us here. A joyous performance from the great man. Directed with all the sharpness and knowing of tones we expect from Frank Capra, the film is an out and out joy. So be sure to wear a corset to stop your sides from splitting. 9/10
There are thirteen bodies in the cellar! Oh, piffle.
Drama critic Mortimer Brewster has just gotten married. But his newfound wedded bliss is interrupted by the disturbing discovery that his sweet old spinster aunts have been murdering lonely old men with their homemade elderberry wine, and burying the bodies in the cellar. This demented screwball comedy was the film that introduced me to Cary Grant. The utterly black comedic treatment never gets old, and the laughs never let up. Every time he gets another surprise, Grant puts on a slightly different flustered expression. Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey, as the villains of the piece, are very amusingly sinister, and the spinster aunts Brewster are utterly charming, in spite of their, uh, somewhat morbid hobby. It’s a hilariously insane romp from the brilliant director of some of America’s greatest films, Frank Capra. Do yourself a favor and watch it already! Prepare to laugh nonstop. As Mortimer Brewster says, “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!”
Completely Hilarious Dark Comedy
For those who enjoy dark comedy, it’s hard to see how anything could be funnier than “Arsenic and Old Lace”. With Cary Grant’s talent for madcap comedy, with hilariously sinister performances by Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre, with two adorable old ladies who have a very dark secret, plus half-a-dozen other eccentric characters, all involved in a complicated and unpredictable plot, this is a comic masterpiece. Director Frank Capra keeps everything moving and adds his own touch, keeping some dark material entirely light-hearted.
This is the kind of movie for which mere analysis cannot do justice to how well everything fits together. The characters, cast, and writing are all perfect, and the crazy story gives every character some great moments. There is plenty of witty dialogue, lots of funny slapstick and physical humor, and quite a few wild plot developments. None of it is meant to be plausible, but it is all hugely entertaining, and done with such skill that it is easy to suspend disbelief. If you happen not to have seen this before, stick with it for the first few minutes, until you arrive at the home of Cary Grant’s two aunts, and then things will take off quickly.
If you enjoy morbid humor, “Arsenic and Old Lace” is an absolute must-see.
“I’m the Son of a Sea Cook!”
In Frank Capra’s autobiography he explains that the reason he wanted to do Arsenic and Old Lace was that he was planning to go into the service, in preparation for the war he was sure coming. He wanted a surefire moneymaking hit that could be done on the cheap.
Arsenic and Old Lace was running on Broadway at the time and authors Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse had sold the film rights to Warner Brothers. Capra negotiated a deal with Jack Warner for a percentage and told him how he would do the film on the cheap, but not cut production values. Years of experience at Columbia had taught him how. The property was perfect since 90% of it is on one set, the Brewster living room.
So the shooting was for four weeks and a big percentage of the budget was spent on getting a name star for guaranteed box office, that of course being Cary Grant. Of course this being 1941 the shooting was interrupted briefly by the actual attack on Pearl Harbor. But the film wrapped up quickly and was not released to the public until 1944 after the show on Broadway closed. It was however shown to troops overseas as were several other Hollywood films before they reached the domestic market.
Of course with a Capra selected cast the film was a great triumph. Only Jean Adair and Josephine Hull as the Brewster sisters and John Alexander as “Theodore Roosevelt” Brewster repeated their Broadway roles. Capra had insisted on that.
I don’t think Cary Grant was ever more frantic in his film career than in Arsenic and Old Lace. He’s one bundle of perpetual motion as Mortimer Brewster theater critic and member of a family where insanity doesn’t just run, it gallops. He’s got two daffy old spinster aunts who poison lonely old men to cure their loneliness, a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another brother who is a homicidal maniac. Quite a family tree. Grant’s performance is so good, you can see the fevered workings of his mind in his facial expressions as he frantically tries to get his whole family committed before the aunt’s deeds are discovered.
Of the supporting cast I think that Raymond Massey as the homicidal brother, Peter Lorre as his sidekick, and Jack Carson as the dense police officer truly stand out. They and the others play parts that seem tailor made for them.
Over fifty years later, Arsenic and Old Lace will still fracture the funny bone in you.
And I wouldn’t bet we’ve still not seen the last Roosevelt in the White House.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Director Frank Capra
Writer Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play), Joseph Kesselring (play)
Actors Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Warner Brothers
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (12 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm