Arsenic and Old Lace (movie)

Arsenic and Old Lace is a film directed by Frank Capra based on a play (see Arsenic and Old Lace (play)) by Joseph Kesselring. The script was adapted by Julius J. Epstein. Capra actually filmed the movie in 1941 but it was not released until 1944 while the studio waited for the stage version to finish its run on Broadway.

In addition to Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, the film also starred Josephine Hull and Jean Adair as the Brewster Sisters, Abby and Martha, respectively. Both Hull and Adair reprised their roles from the original 1941 stage production as well as John Alexander as Teddy.

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The film concerns a theatre-hating drama critic and confirmed bachelor Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) who on his wedding day must cope with his bizarre family, especially his two elderly aunts who live in the old family home in Brooklyn.

Mortimer's aunts are "kindly" serving lonely old bachelors elderberry wine poisoned with arsenic and then burying the bodies in the basement. His younger brother Teddy thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and yells "Charge!" when running up the stairs (after Teddy Roosevelt's 'charge up San Juan Hill'). Mortimer's other brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey), a wanted murderer whose face resembles that of Frankenstein's creature (as portrayed by Boris Karloff, a comparison frequently made in the film's dialogue), arrives with a surgeon, Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. Eventually, Mortimer is overjoyed to discover that he is not biologically related to these insane people, and is actually the son of a sea cook.


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Eventually, Mortimer is overjoyed to discover that he is not biologically related to these insane people, and is actually the son of a sea cook. An earlier film Silver Streak starring Charles Starrett was made in 1934 using the Pioneer Zephyr trainset. The 1934 film has little in common with the 1976 film of the same name, and also differs somewhat from the trip on the original "Silver Streak" Zephyr that same year. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. When brake couplings failed, the train skidded for two miles and passed right through the stationmaster's office at the end of track 16 at a speed estimated at 30 to 50 mph, demolishing it, but miraculously killing no one. Mortimer's other brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey), a wanted murderer whose face resembles that of Frankenstein's creature (as portrayed by Boris Karloff, a comparison frequently made in the film's dialogue), arrives with a surgeon, Dr. At the time, it was the most spectacular modern runaway passenger train wreck. His younger brother Teddy thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and yells "Charge!" when running up the stairs (after Teddy Roosevelt's 'charge up San Juan Hill'). The spectacular ending when the train arrives at Union Station (Chicago) was apparently inspired by the wreck of the 16-car Federal Express at Union Station (Washington, DC) on , the morning of January 15, 1953 (see link).

Mortimer's aunts are "kindly" serving lonely old bachelors elderberry wine poisoned with arsenic and then burying the bodies in the basement. Of course, no murders or other spectacular events featured in the movie are known to have taken place on the 1934 inaugural run. The film concerns a theatre-hating drama critic and confirmed bachelor Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) who on his wedding day must cope with his bizarre family, especially his two elderly aunts who live in the old family home in Brooklyn. On that famous trip, the Pioneer Zephyr was also headed for Chicago, but at a much faster average speed of 77 miles per hour. Both Hull and Adair reprised their roles from the original 1941 stage production as well as John Alexander as Teddy. The name "Silver Streak" was termed by the news media reporting on the record setting 1934 trip of the Pioneer Zephyr, the first passenger train which featured a stainless steel consist. In addition to Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, the film also starred Josephine Hull and Jean Adair as the Brewster Sisters, Abby and Martha, respectively. Most of the interior station scenes are of Union Station in Toronto, Ontario.

Capra actually filmed the movie in 1941 but it was not released until 1944 while the studio waited for the stage version to finish its run on Broadway. The film features some beautiful train operations, scenery, and lots of "action" shots, as the protagonist and allies battle the bad guys on board and on top of the train, and get thrown off or jump on and off the moving train amazingly often. Epstein. All exterior train shots were filmed on the Canadian Pacific railway line in Alberta despite ostensibly being set in the United States, and operated by the fictional railroad "AMRoad". The script was adapted by Julius J. While loosely based on Amtrak trains, Amtrak was not involved with the filming of the movie. Arsenic and Old Lace is a film directed by Frank Capra based on a play (see Arsenic and Old Lace (play)) by Joseph Kesselring. Caldwell falls in love with secretary Hilly Burns (Clayburgh) but also bears witness to the murder of Burns' boss and, after being thrown off the train by some the murderers' thugs, must enlist the help of a thief (Pryor) to save their lives.

Publisher George Caldwell (Wilder) is traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago on the titular train, Silver Streak. Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy film starring Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGoohan and Ned Beatty and directed by Arthur Hiller.

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