They don't make them like this anymore...
- Arsenic and Old Lace review by Victoria Sutton
It's virtually impossible to give a brief description of this film, but to put the film in a nutshell, after the previously cynical Mortimer (Cary Grant) gets married, he goes to break the news to his seemingly normal Aunts (Josphine Hull and Jean Adair) From this point on his life quickly spirals out of control when he finds out about his Aunts’ charity; they mercifully kill lonely old men and bury them in the cellar. He frantically tries to resolve the situation but is hindered by thirteen dead bodies, a crazy uncle who thinks he's President Roosevelt, a nervous plastic surgeon, a Boris Karloff look-alike, a very patient taxi driver and a psychiatrist.
This screwball/black comedy may be a bit dated to today’s audiences however in my opinion there are few comedies that can beat this one. Everything is perfect; Cary Grant’s frantic performance is simply brilliant his comic timing is absolutely perfect and the whole cast is brilliantly directed by the marvellous Frank Capra
Overall, this film is hysterically funny, perfect family entertainment!
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