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Arsenic and Old Lace
Directed by Frank Capra • 1944 • United States
Starring Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey
Cary Grant stars as the one sane member of a charmingly lunatic family in Frank Capra’s classic comedy. When Mortimer Brewster (Grant) brings his new bride to meet his two kindly aunts, he discovers that, among many other acts of charity, the two genteel ladies help lonely old men die happy . . . by feeding them a wonderful meal before poisoning them. Now Mortimer desperately wants to protect the serial murderers he loves (and whom source playwright Joseph Kesselring modeled on real-life killer Amy Archer-Gilligan), stop them from killing anyone else, and keep his bride from discovering how deranged his family really is.