Arsenic and Old Lace The 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

Pixilated: that’s what the Brewster sisters are in this Halloween classic that really puts the cyanide into elderberry wine. Cary Grant plays the straight man, Mortimer, to this his aunts’ charitable donations to the basement corpse archives, graves dug by their brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt digging the panama canal. Add in Peter Lorre as the plastic surgeon, Einstein, and Raymond Massey as Mortimer’s sinister brother who looks like Frankenstein, and what do you get: Arsenic and Old Lace.

Marcia Letaw


  1. Nice screenshot! I saw this live once, but it is not the same without Peter Lorre.

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