Jean Adair, Josephine Hull, and Cary Grant
Arsenic and Old Lace is, unquestionably, one of the funniest and most enjoyable movies ever made. It’s one of those you hear mentioned so often that you kind of glaze over the recommendations. It almost becomes, “Well, of course you say I should see it… everyone says that.”
But here’s the thing, everyone says it for a darn good reason… you should see it! You know what’ll happen when you do see it, don’t you? You’ll become one of us annoying people who keep telling everyone else to watch it!
Trust me, it’s well worth the risk. The movie is front to back pure entertainment and a great joy to watch.
PLOT: Cary Grant is Mortimer, a successful author of books on the futility of marriage. He risks his career and reputation as an expert when he decides to marry the beautiful Elaine (Priscilla Lane). Things go from bad to worse when he learns (on his wedding day no less!) that his beloved aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair) murder men in their own home! The great thing is, they believe they’re doing a good thing and they are so adorable and hilarious you kind of lean toward their side.
The cast includes Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Raymond Massey, Edward Everett Horton, Peter Lorre, Jack Carson, and James Alexander (in the hilarious role of Teddy Roosevelt… well, he thinks he is!)
Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, and Edward Everett Horton