Arsenic and Old Lace

Beware nice old ladies offering elderberry wine! A mild-mannered drama critic discovers the shocking truth about his two elderly aunts: The seemingly harmless old ladies have the most disagreeable habit of poisoning their gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar. One of the all-time great black comedies.

Director Frank Capra enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1941, during the filming of the movie. He received an extension of his order to report for active duty until late January 1942 so he could finish editing the picture.


Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster
Priscilla Lane as Elaine Harper
Raymond Massey as Jonathan Brewster
Jack Carson as O'Hara
Edward Everett Horto... as Mr. Witherspoon
Peter Lorre as Dr. Einstein
James Gleason as Lt. Rooney
Josephine Hull as Abby Brewster
Jean Adair as Martha Brewster
John Alexander as 'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
Grant Mitchell as Reverend Harper
Edward McNamara as Brophy
Garry Owen as Taxi Cab Driver
John Ridgely as Saunders
Vaughan Glaser as Judge Cullman

crew details

  • Frank Capra

  • Russel Crouse, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Lindsay

  • Other key crew: Joseph Kesselring (Original Story)

  • production details

    Country: USA
    Studio: Warner
    Year of Release: 1944-09-23
    Duration: 118 minutes
    Aired From:


  Comedy | Drama | Crime

  Action | Adventure | War





  Sitcoms and Comedy

  Period Drama

  Crime | Mystery

  Action | Adventure