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Arsenic and Old Lace

On his wedding day, drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Grant) find out about his sweet maiden aunts' macabre approach to charity.

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Released: Sep 23rd, 1944
Budget: $1,120,175.00
Revenue: N/A

Arsenic and Old Lace Main Cast

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Cary Grant
Cary Grant
plays Mortimer Brewster
Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane
plays Elaine Harper
Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
plays Jonathan Brewster
Jack Carson
Jack Carson
plays O'Hara
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Hor…
plays Mr. Witherspoon
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Near the end of the film, Mr. Witherspoon addresses Mortimer as Mr. Witherspoon and Mortimer corrects him and saves the scene. Cary Grant appears to be genuinely amused by his mistake.
  • According to various sources, Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein adapted the screenplay "with help" from Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Mortimer Brewster pushes the policeman O'Hara out the front door, he firmly shuts the door behind the policeman. However, he immediately goes to leave the house and, when he approaches the door, it is wide open.
  • Some 20 years before filming this movie, actress Jean Adair had helped to nurse a very sick vaudeville performer named Archie Leach back to health; by the time she was asked to reprise her Broadway "Arsenic and Old Lace" role as Aunt Martha for this film, Adair and Leach, now known as Cary Grant, were old friends.
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