Find That Film: Arsenic and Old Lace

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For our last October entry, we take a look at not only one of the better movies that takes place on Halloween, but possibly one of the better comedies ever made.  Arsenic and Old Lace was based on a very successful play of the same name.  So successful, in fact, that Warner Bros. had to wait until the end of the play’s run to release their movie.  They had to wait three years, in fact.  Starring Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane as a newlywed couple who just can’t catch a break, this movie contains more screwball comedy per square inch than just about any other entry into the genre.  Throw in Jean Adair and Josephine Hull as a pair of dowdy sisters who are nothing like what they appear to be, and Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre as a pair of criminals who are very much what they appear to be, and you have one hell of a great film that really has to be seen to be believed.  Watching it on or near Halloween isn’t necessary, of course, but it certainly helps the atmosphere of this dark comedy.  If you are just starting to dip your toe into classic film, this movie is a must own, and you will be hooked by its sophistication and black humor.  Arsenic and Old Lace is a film that’s not only worthy of being found, but also worthy in losing yourself in for a couple of hours.  So charge the blockhouse and find Arsenic and Old Lace.

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