Arsenic and Old Lace

By Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Edward Everett Horton

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Frank Capra directed this film adaptation of the popular stage play by Joseph Kesselring. Cary Grant is mild mannered drama critic Mortimer Brewster reluctant to marry his sweetheart because his family is so very odd. He finds that they’re odder than he knows. His uncle believes himself to be Theodore Roosevelt, digging the Panama Canal in the basement. Mortimer finds that his two elderly aunts have been poisoning homeless men and burying them in Teddy’s “canal”. When his escaped criminal brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) shows up with his sinister plastic surgeon (Peter Lorre) things get really interesting.

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