Arsenic and old lace

Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967), First National Pictures, Inc

DVD - 2022

Frank Capra adapted a hit stage play for this marvelous screwball meeting of the madcap and the macabre. On Halloween, newly married drama critic Mortimer Brewster returns home to Brooklyn, where his adorably dotty aunts greet him with love, sweetness...and a grisly surprise: the corpses buried in their cellar. A bugle-playing brother who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, a crazed criminal who's a dead ringer for Boris Karloff, and a seriously slippery plastic surgeon are among the outré oddballs populating Arsenic and Old Lace, a diabolical delight that only gets funnier as the body count rises.

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1st Floor DVD/MOVIE/COMEDY/Arsenic Due Mar 10, 2024
Dark comedy films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Film adaptations
Fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection [2022]
Corporate Authors
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967), First National Pictures, Inc
Corporate Authors
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967) (presenter), First National Pictures, Inc (production company)
Other Authors
Frank Capra, 1897-1991 (film director), Julius J. Epstein, 1909-2000 (screenwriter), Philip G. Epstein (film producer), Howard Lindsay, 1889-1968 (actor), Russell Crouse (-), Cary Grant, 1904-1986, Priscilla Lane, 1917-1995, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, 1910-1963, Edward Everett Horton, Peter Lorre, James Gleason, 1886-1959, Josephine Hull, 1877-1957, Jean Adair, 1873-1953, John Alexander, 1897-1982, Grant Mitchell, 1874-1957, Joseph Kesselring, 1902-1967
DVD special edition
Item Description
From the stage play by Joseph Kesselring.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.
Full screen (Academy ratio, 1.37:1).
Special features: New, restored 4K digital transfer; New audio commentary featuring Charles Dennis, author of There's a Body in the Window Seat!: The History of 'Arsenic and Old Lace'; Radio adaptation from 1952 starring Boris Karloff; trailer.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; region 1, NTSC; aspect ratio 1.37:1; monaural.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Sol Polito ; film editor, Daniel Mandell ; music by Max Steiner.
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