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Comedy - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection
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Comedy - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

Director: Dave "Tex" O'Brien, Frank Capra, Jack Kinney, Sam Wood

Cast: Dave "Tex" O'Brien, Frank Capra, Jack Kinney, Sam Wood

 
Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra's spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don't advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with

Overview

Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra's spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don't advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces--by serving said bachelors elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. When the sisters' drama-critic nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) stumbles onto their secret, he is understandably put out--especially since he has just married the lovely Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). Given the homicidal tendencies of his aunts, the sinister activities of his escaped-convict older brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) and the disruptive behavior of younger brother Teddy (John Alexander)--who is convinced that he's really Theodore Roosevelt, and runs around the house yelling "CHAAAAARGGGE"--Mortimer isn't keen on starting a family with his new bride. "Insanity runs in my family," he explains. "It practically gallops." Further complications ensue when the murderous Jonathan Brewster arrives home, with his snivelling accomplice Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. When Jonathan learns that his darling aunts have killed twelve men, he is incensed--they're challenging his own record of murders. Though the movie rights for Arsenic and Old Lace were set up so that the film could not be released until 1944, director Capra shot the film quickly and inexpensively in 1941, so that his family could subsist on his $100,000 salary while he was serving in World War II.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929061105
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Classic Movie
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
6:39:00
Sales rank:
24,548

Special Features

A Night at the Opera: Commentary by Leonard Maltin; Featurette - Remarks on Marx; 1961 Groucho Marx interview from The Hy Gardner Show; 2 vintage shorts: Sunday Night at the Trocadero and Robert Benchley's Oscar-winning How to Sleep; Theatrical trailer; The Long, Long Trailer: Vintage Pete Smith Specialty Short - Ain't It Aggravatin'?; Classic cartoon Dixieland Droopy; Theatrical trailer; Father of the Bride: 2 vintage newsree;s; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Mortimer Brewster
Groucho Marx Otis B. Driftwood
Lucille Ball Tracy Collini
Pete Smith Narrator
Spencer Tracy Stanley T. Banks
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Actor
Desi Arnaz Nicholas Collini
Elizabeth Taylor Kay Banks
Harpo Marx Tomasso
Priscilla Lane Elaine Harper
Chico Marx Fiorello
Joan Bennett Ellie Banks
Marjorie Main Mrs. Hittaway
Raymond Massey Jonathan Brewster
Don Taylor Buckley Dunstan
Jack Carson Officer O'Hara
Keenan Wynn Policeman
Kitty Carlisle Rosa Castaldi
Billie Burke Mrs. Doris Dunstan
Gladys Hurlbut Mrs. Bolton
Peter Lorre Dr. Einstein
Walter Woolf King Rodolpho Lassparri
Edward Everett Horton Mr. Witherspoon
Edward Keane The Captain
Sig Rumann Herman Gottlieb
Allan Jones Ricardo Baroni

Technical Credits
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Director
Frank Capra Director
Jack Kinney Director
Sam Wood Director
Tex Avery Director
Vincente Minnelli Director

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy - Arsenic and Old Lace
1. Credits [1:09]
2. A Spree Grows in... [:51]
3. ...Mortimer's Come To [3:10]
4. The Brewster House [7:23]
5. One Thing at a Time [4:09]
6. Two Nicest Aunts [2:04]
7. Murder Will Out [2:03]
8. Their Little Secrets [2:53]
9. An Even Dozen [2:37]
10. Gone to Panama [2:54]
11. Where Elaine Stands [3:06]
12. A New Gentleman [3:08]
13. Another Roosevelt [3:30]
14. Jonathan / Dr. Einstein [7:52]
15. Disagreeable [2:41]
16. Just the Right Size [2:45]
17. Lights and Bodies... [5:16]
18. Elaine's Bad Timing [3:59]
19. A Touching Reunion [3:08]
20. What's with Elaine? [2:28]
21. Who Can That Be? [2:24]
22. Window-Seat Worries [1:52]
23. O'Hara Drops In [3:13]
24. If You Tell, I Tell [2:01]
25. Tie Score [3:02]
26. Galloping Insanity [4:09]
27. Melbourne Method [2:24]
28. Big Dope [3:52]
29. To My Dear Dead... [2:42]
30. O'Hara's Opus [3:13]
31. Third-Act Brawl [3:44]
32. Rooney on the Scene [3:44]
33. Teddy's Term Expires [3:57]
34. Bodies Everywhere [3:54]
35. Sign, Dr. Einstein [1:41]
36. True Confessions [3:14]
37. Not Themselves; Cast List [1:34]
Disc #1, Side B -- TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy - A Night at the Opera
1. Credits [1:26]
2. Romancing Mrs. Claypool [4:35]
3. Backstage Hates and Dates [2:46]
4. Managing Salami and Singers [2:07]
5. Pieces of Lassparri [5:22]
6. Party of the First Part [5:30]
7. Alone [6:06]
8. Dallier Driftwood [3:08]
9. Trunk Contents [3:22]
10. And Hard-Boiled Eggs [1:30]
11. A Roomful [2:41]
12. Fortune and Food Hunting [3:47]
13. Cosi-Cosa [3:29]
14. Piano Playfulness [3:12]
15. Harp Specialty [3:27]
16. Hanging Himself [3:03]
17. Three Aviators [4:52]
18. Bedlam and Breakfast [5:40]
19. Three's a Crowd [2:17]
20. Kicked Out [4:13]
21. On with the Opera [3:34]
22. Pit Pandemonium [2:24]
23. Trampling Trovatore [3:40]
24. Scenery Stealing [3:08]
25. Triumphant Duet [3:08]
26. Party of the 10th Part [2:27]
Disc #2, Side A -- TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy - The Long, Long Trailer
1. Credits [1:12]
2. Don't Buy a Trailer [3:15]
3. Tacy's Dream Home [3:41]
4. Trailer Show [5:18]
5. Additional Purchases [4:01]
6. Trailerphobia [4:31]
7. 40-Foot Freight Train [3:17]
8. Red Light, Wrong Turn [4:11]
9. Trailerite Invasion [4:51]
10. Butting Shower Heads [2:50]
11. Their Slant on Chores [6:30]
12. Mud Flop [4:18]
13. Reverse Misfortune [6:07]
14. Deep-Freeze Departure [2:51]
15. Our First Rock [2:12]
16. Breezin' Along with the Breeze [2:49]
17. Tacy at the Wheel [4:27]
18. Kiss and Make Up [2:51]
19. Kitchen Chaos [4:48]
20. No Sale [3:31]
21. Weight Redistribution [5:12]
22. Barely Making the Grade [5:23]
23. Marriage on the Rocks [4:02]
24. Not This Trailer [3:02]
25. Cast List [:29]
Disc #2, Side B -- TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy - Father of the Bride
1. Credits [1:14]
2. Suddenly Upon You [2:28]
3. Maybe She's in Love [3:33]
4. Who Is He? [4:04]
5. Not Good Enough [4:01]
6. Mark My Words [3:24]
7. Man-to-Man Talk [6:18]
8. The Dunstans [3:26]
9. Memories Over Martinis [2:44]
10. Drinks for Everyone [4:44]
11. Every Girl's Dream [4:02]
12. Her Trousseau [3:17]
13. How About Eloping? [5:11]
14. The Caterer [2:44]
15. Too Tight [5:49]
16. Gift Parade [2:34]
17. Honeymoon Problem [4:32]
18. Rat Race Rehearsal [5:21]
19. Nuptial Nightmare [1:51]
20. Nothing Ever Fazes Him [2:18]
21. Wedding Day Chaos [2:06]
22. Mother and Bride [2:38]
23. Down the Aisle [3:18]
24. Giving Kay Up [3:56]
25. The Reception [2:38]
26. Goodbye [2:51]
27. All of Our Life [:58]
28. Cast List [:30]

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