This surrealistic classic used many of the comedy conventions that the British troupe would twist even further in their day , and it did it before some of the Pythons were even born. One thing that was done almost perfectly was projection, meaning not yelling but making sure the back of the room can hear you. Slapstick-y fistfight, including a bench-clearing baseball brawl at the start that has nothing to do with anything. The movie centers on two sisters, Abby and Martha, and their nephew Mortimer. He explains his play to a tied up and gagged Mortimer as Jonathan sneaks up on him. But while it fared well with critics possibly because the hero of the film is a critic, as well as being played by the legendary Cary Grant , it should have remained on the stage, in a Victorian-mansion living-room set, with fewer scene changes than an episode of the Addams Family. The site is not responsible for the mistakes made.
A yellow crystalline form and a black amorphous form are also known. His aunts insist upon joining him. Three years later, Todd was murdered in her garage. If you can endure the latter, the former will ensure that your viewing will be rewarding enough. And definitely not for the light-hearted or more timid groups of people.
John Alexander hurls himself into his hilarious depiction of the deluded brother whose conviction that he is President Theodore Roosevelt enables him to rationalises his sisters' murderous mercifulness. But despite the overmany shots of the audience one never seems to connect with them. Here are some pictures from the play:. There is also the rookie cop who really wants to be a playwright. The fact that they also live with Teddy, who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt and charges up the stairs as if they were San Juan Hill, only adds to that. To illustrate the point, the film opens on a now quite tiresome note about unpredictable and bizarre Brooklyn, and nurses the laughter along with an Ebbets Field riot scene, which has no obvious reason for even being in the film. Mortimer Brewster Cary Grant is an author known for his works damning the institution of marriage.
In another good scene Jonathan gets bent out of shape when he finds out that his old Aunts have killed more people than he has. The lighting was low-keyed, from dusk to night, in keeping with the eerie atmosphere. Rating: Riotously funny film adaptation of the smash Broadway comedy which ran for almost four years , coddled and coaxed into hilarious existence by master director Capra. But while it fared well with critics possibly because the hero of the film is a critic, as well as being played by the legendary Cary Grant , it should have remained on the stage, in a Victorian-mansion living-room set, with fewer scene changes than an episode of the Addams Family. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1971.
Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace. He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn't be anybody. With all of this insanity going on around him he manages to steal the movie. These two old spinsters dote around their house acting like the kindest old grandma's you ever met. There was alot of over-acting in this movie.
This isn't in any way meant to be an enlightened view of families grappling with mental illness. The very idea of two sweet old maiden aunts who take in lonely old men as boarders and then poison them to relieve the men of the burden of loneliness could have been taken straight out of a Python sketch. Violence is just roughhousing and a menacing display of knives. Lorre as the doctor who performed them and likes his grog. Have been watching this movie for over 50 years and still laugh every time! Rooney Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace.
They then have Teddy bury the bodies in the basement thinking he is hard at work on the Panama Canal. This movie had just about everything that makes a movie good. Hilarity ensues as Mortimer Brewster discovers more and more. It is taped before a live audience, which may not be a bad idea as some things do seem funnier when one enjoys it in a crowd. Grant pulls off a fairly amazing feat. Cary Grant, Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre in Arsenic and Old Lace.
Also, David Wayne unlike his predecessor John Alexander doesn't look like Theodore Roosevelt, and this is fatal to his performance. Capra's own intelligent direction rounds out. He mugs, howls, bellows, and bounds through two hours; that combined with the inevitable Hack Carson mugging makes for a very long two hours. He mugs, howls, bellows, and bounds through two hours; that combined with the inevitable Hack Carson mugging in a very long two hours. Witherspoon , Peter Lorre Dr. Eventually Jonathan is arrested, Einstein flees after having signed Teddy's commitment papers, and Teddy is safely consigned to an institution.