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.
. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. Award nominations:. 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.
. 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'). Award wins:.

Mortimer's aunts are "kindly" serving lonely old bachelors elderberry wine poisoned with arsenic and then burying the bodies in the basement.
. 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.
. Both Hull and Adair reprised their roles from the original 1941 stage production as well as John Alexander as Teddy.
Moonstruck is a 1987 romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison which tells the story of a woman from an Italian family in Brooklyn, New York who falls in love with her fiance's younger brother. 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. Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (John Patrick Shanley).

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. BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenply (John Patrick Shanley). Epstein. BAFTA Award for Best Musical Score (Dick Hyman). The script was adapted by Julius J. BAFTA Award for Best Actress (Cher). Arsenic and Old Lace is a film directed by Frank Capra based on a play (see Arsenic and Old Lace (play)) by Joseph Kesselring. Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Vincent Gardenia).

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Nicolas Cage). Academy Award for Directing (Norman Jewison). Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Academy Award for Best Picture.

Writers Guild of America for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (John Patrick Shanley). Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay (John Patrick Shanley). Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Olympia Dukakis). BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Olympia Dukakis).

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis). Academy Award for Film Editing (Hal Ashby). Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Cher). Academy Award for Best Actress (Cher).

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Vincent Gardenia : Cosmo Castorini. Olympia Dukakis : Rose Castorini. Nicolas Cage : Ronny Cammareri. Cher : Loretta Castorini.

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