Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace poster
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.

Director: Frank Capra
Writer: Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play), Joseph Kesselring (play)
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Year: 1944
MetaScore: N/A/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 23 Sep 1944
Awards: 1 nomination.


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Insanity runs in my family - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Insanity runs in my family
You're going to love me for my mind - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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You're going to love me for my mind
Code for Roosevelt - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Code for Roosevelt
For a gallon of elderberry wine - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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For a gallon of elderberry wine
Livingstone - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Livingstone
There's Mr - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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There's Mr
How can I believe you - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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How can I believe you
When I come back - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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When I come back
You can't do things like that - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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You can't do things like that
Can you hear my voice - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Can you hear my voice
He sits there  waiting  to be tied up and gagged - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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He sits there waiting to be tied up and gagged
Look at that puss - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Look at that puss
I must be catching cold - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I must be catching cold
Have you ever tried to persuade him that he wasn't Teddy Roosevelt - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Have you ever tried to persuade him that he wasn't Teddy...
Where did you get that face - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Where did you get that face
Who are you - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Who are you
Looks good on you - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Looks good on you
Where am I - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Where am I
We go to work - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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We go to work
This is the picture I was telling you about - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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This is the picture I was telling you about
Is he trying to move into the White House before I've moved out - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Is he trying to move into the White House before I've moved...
It had a character in it - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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It had a character in it
I think you're wrong - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I think you're wrong
There's another one - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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There's another one
I'll run for a third term - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I'll run for a third term
I probably should have told you this before but - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I probably should have told you this before but
Aunt Martha - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Aunt Martha
At least people in plays act like they've got sense - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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At least people in plays act like they've got sense
What happens - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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What happens
But there's a body in the window seat - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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But there's a body in the window seat
Be a good fellow - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Be a good fellow
This is the home of my youth - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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This is the home of my youth
He's quite harmless - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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He's quite harmless
Five more bucks and you'll own it - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Five more bucks and you'll own it
Wait a minute - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Wait a minute
We were married today - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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We were married today
You wouldn't want to have children with three heads - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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You wouldn't want to have children with three heads
All I did was cross the bridge and I was in Brooklyn - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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All I did was cross the bridge and I was in Brooklyn
I knew this would end up in the nuthouse - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I knew this would end up in the nuthouse
Not at tea - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Not at tea
Pull up a tombstone - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Pull up a tombstone
You behave - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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You behave
Happy Dale - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Happy Dale
Just the thought of Jonathan frightens me - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Just the thought of Jonathan frightens me
But it's Halloween - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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But it's Halloween
Blockhouse - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Blockhouse
How did he die - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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How did he die
I'll be in my office vetoing bills - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I'll be in my office vetoing bills
Are you leaving - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Are you leaving
Right out here in the open with everyone looking - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Right out here in the open with everyone looking
What is this - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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What is this
Don't do that - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Don't do that
Something borrowed - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Something borrowed
But   what happened to him - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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But what happened to him
You'd better get to bed - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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You'd better get to bed
They're two of the dearest - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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They're two of the dearest
You were right about that fellow - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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You were right about that fellow
If you tell O'Hara what's in the window seat - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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If you tell O'Hara what's in the window seat
There is a Happydale - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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There is a Happydale
This time - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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This time
Look at me - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Look at me
I can't hear you - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I can't hear you
Get out of here - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Get out of here
I've just been appointed Ambassador to Bolivia - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I've just been appointed Ambassador to Bolivia
I'll knock your block off - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I'll knock your block off
Come here - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Come here
Another Roosevelt - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Another Roosevelt
Einstein and I need a place to sleep - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Einstein and I need a place to sleep
General Goethals was very pleased - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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General Goethals was very pleased
Perhaps we'd better introduce ourselves - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Perhaps we'd better introduce ourselves
Looks like the same suckers get married everyday - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Looks like the same suckers get married everyday
We go to Panama - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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We go to Panama
I'll get every one of you - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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I'll get every one of you
Charge the blockhouse - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Charge the blockhouse
Who can that be - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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Who can that be
When Johnny's in that mood - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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When Johnny's in that mood
What news have you brought me - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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What news have you brought me
A  secret  proclamation - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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A secret proclamation
We got a hot stiff on our hands - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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We got a hot stiff on our hands
What has occurred - screenshot from movie Arsenic and Old Lace
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What has occurred

Movie Quotes

Movie Cast

Mortimer Brewster - Cary Grant
Elaine Harper - Priscilla Lane
Jonathan Brewster - Raymond Massey
O'Hara - Jack Carson
Mr. Witherspoon - Edward Everett Horton
Dr. Einstein - Peter Lorre
Police Lt. Rooney - James Gleason
Abby Brewster - Josephine Hull
Martha Brewster - Jean Adair
'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster - John Alexander
Reverend Harper - Grant Mitchell
Taxi Cab Driver - Garry Owen
Saunders - John Ridgely
Judge Cullman - Vaughan Glaser
Dr. Gilchrist - Chester Clute
Reporter - Charles Lane
Undetermined Secondary Role - Mary Brodel
Marriage License Clerk - Spencer Charters
Graveyard Raven - Jimmy the Crow
Undetermined Secondary Role - Alberta Gary
New York Pitcher - Sol Gorss
Undetermined Supporting Role - Herbert Gunn
Undetermined Supporting Role - Rolan Jones
Undetermined Suecondary Role - Vera Lewis
Photographer at Marriage License Office - Hank Mann
Irate Dodgers Baseball Fan - Pat McKee
Young Man in Line - Spec O'Donnell
Umpire - Lee Phelps
Undetermined Supporting Role - Don Phillips
Undetermined Secondary Role - Juanita Stark
Drummer at baseball game - Raymond Walburn
Man in Phone Booth - Leo White
Young Woman in Line - Jean Wong