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Arsenic and old lace

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DVD special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Priscilla Lane, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, John Alexander.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2022]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (118 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (illustrations ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


"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."--Container.


From the stage play by Joseph Kesselring.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.

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.

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