Arsenic and Old Lace

Synopsis: Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer's two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts' hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse.
Director(s): Frank Capra
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
NOT RATED
Year:
1944
118 min
183 Views

I'll knock your block off, you big stiff!

You're a bum!

Strike! You're out!

Elmer, here it is.

-I knew you'd find it.

-Boy, I could sure use a drink.

I wonder if any big shots

are getting married today?

Looks like the same suckers

get married every day.

Come on.

Hey, the guy with the cheaters.

Now what's he hiding from?

-Hey, isn't that Mortimer Brewster?

-Mortimer Brewster, the dramatic critic?

No, it's not him. But what a scoop it'd be!

The guy who wrote The Bachelor's Bible

getting hooked. It's too good to be true.

Let's snap the mayor

in his new fire helmet and go.

Let's stick around, see who the guy is.

"Two by two they come and go"

Good morning, children.

Your name, please?

-Elaine Harper.

-Speak a little louder.

Elaine Harper.

Thank you. Yours?

-Mortimer Brewster.

-How's that?

Mortimer Brewster.

Speak up, sonny.

There's nothing to be afraid of.

I want to keep this undercover.

Love her? Of course you love her.

You're marrying her, right?

You don't understand. Come here.

I don't want this to get out for a while.

I'm Mortimer Brewster.

You're who?

Mortimer Brew--

That's him!

Mr. Brewster!

Now, look--

Goodbye, dear.

Don't you understand?

How can I marry you?

Me, the symbol of bachelorhood.

I've sneered at every love scene.

I've written four million words

against marriage!

Not only hooked, but to a minister's

daughter, and a girl from Brooklyn.

Look at the way you look!

What is that contraption you've got there?

A pin I borrowed from your aunts.

You know, "Something borrowed--"

I know, "Something borrowed,

something blue." Old, new.

Rice and old shoes.

Carry you over the threshold.

Niagara Falls. All that silly tripe.

Is this what I've come to?

I can't go through with it.

I won't marry you. That's that.

-Yes, Mortimer.

-What do you mean, "Yes, Mortimer"?

Aren't you insulted?

Aren't you going to cry?

-No, Mortimer.

-And don't "No, Mortimer" me, either!

Marriage is a superstition.

It's old-fashioned. It's....

O'Hara, don't be a jerk. You don't realize...

...l'm turning over to you

the nicest, best beat in Brooklyn.

Now look at that old church.

And them old houses.

Did George Washington ever sleep here?

Of course he did. This whole neighborhood

just stinks with atmosphere.

-And look at that old house.

-The original owners still there?

Don't crack wise

about the Brewster sisters.

They're two of the dearest, sweetest

old ladies that ever walked the earth.

They're out of this world.

They're like pressed rose leaves.

Pressed rose leaves?

The old girls must be kind of hard up.

Their old man left them fixed for life.

Don't you call them "the girls," either.

Brophy. Is Lieutenant around?

So what are they renting rooms for?

They don't. But you can bet

if anybody came looking for a room...

...they wouldn't go away

without a good meal and a couple of bucks.

That's their way of digging up people

to do good to.

Reverend Harper, I do hope

you don't disapprove of Mortimer...

...because he's a dramatic critic

and takes your daughter to the theater.

It's not that I disapprove

of his being a critic...

...but no man with this published attitude...

...should take any man's daughter

anyplace, at any time.

I must be catching cold.

No, dear. It was Reverend Harper

who sneezed. Bless you.

We mustn't be angry with Mortimer.

He's so very much in love with her.

Sister Martha and I are so happy.

He used to come to see us

only occasionally, and now...

...he's in Brooklyn six nights a week.

Remember now, watch your language.

You know I'm not a swearing man.

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Julius J. Epstein

Julius J. Epstein (August 22, 1909 – December 30, 2000) was an American screenwriter, who had a long career, best remembered for his screenplay – written with his twin brother, Philip, and Howard E. Koch – of the film Casablanca (1942), for which the writers won an Academy Award. It was adapted from an unpublished play, Everybody Comes to Rick's, written by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison. more…

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