Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

She Passed Out On Cary! No Wonder . . . She's just discovered his favorite aunts have poisoned their 13th gentleman friend!

  • Genre: Comedy, Crime
  • Release Date: 1944-09-01
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 887 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Frank Capra
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From 887 Ratings


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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  • Cary Grant

    as Mortimer Brewster
  • Priscilla Lane

    as Elaine Harper Brewster
  • Josephine Hull

    as Aunt Abby Brewster
  • Jean Adair

    as Aunt Martha Brewster
  • Raymond Massey

    as Jonathan Brewster
  • John Alexander

    as 'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
  • Peter Lorre

    as Dr. Einstein
  • Jack Carson

    as Officer Patrick O'Hara
  • Edward Everett Horton

    as Mr. Witherspoon
  • James Gleason

    as Lt. Rooney
  • Grant Mitchell

    as Reverend Harper
  • Edward McNamara

    as Sergeant Brophy
  • Garry Owen

    as Taxi Cab Driver
  • John Ridgely

    as Officer Saunders
  • Vaughan Glaser

    as Judge Cullman
  • Chester Clute

    as Dr. Gilchrist
  • Charles Lane

    as Reporter at Marriage License Office
  • Edward McWade

    as Gibbs
  • Hank Mann

    as Photographer at Marriage License Office (uncredited)
  • Spencer Charters

    as Marriage License Clerk
  • Sol Gorss

    as New York Pitcher (uncredited)
  • Lee Phelps

    as Umpire (uncredited)
  • Raymond Walburn

    as Drummer at baseball game (uncredited)
  • Spec O'Donnell

    as Young Man in Line (uncredited)
  • Leo White

    as Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Directing Frank Capra Director
Writing Joseph Kesselring Theatre Play
Production Jack L. Warner Producer
Production Frank Capra Producer
Writing Philip G. Epstein Screenplay
Writing Julius J. Epstein Screenplay
Camera Sol Polito Director of Photography
Crew Robert Burks Special Effects
Camera Mickey Marigold Still Photographer
Camera Wesley Anderson Additional Camera
Crew Byron Haskin Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Orry-Kelly Costume Design
Editing Daniel Mandell Editor
Camera Harold Noyes Grip
Production Eric Stacey Unit Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Perc Westmore Makeup Artist
Art Max Parker Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up George Bau Makeup Artist
Directing Russell Saunders Assistant Director
Sound C.A. Riggs Sound
Sound Hugo Friedhofer Orchestrator
Sound Everett Alton Brown Sound Mixer
Sound Leo F. Forbstein Original Music Composer
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Costume & Make-Up John Wallace Makeup Artist
Crew Bob Fender Unit Publicist
Costume & Make-Up Anita De Beltrand Hairstylist
Directing Claude Archer Second Assistant Director
Camera Frank Evans Assistant Camera
Lighting Charles O'Bannon Gaffer