Mortimer just found something odd in the window seat. . .

Mortimer just found something interesting in the window seat. . .

Talking about Frank Capra made me want to talk a little about Arsenic and Old Lace because it’s one of the best and one of my favorites as I mentioned before.

Basically tbe plot revolves around Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) and his two maiden aunts.

Brewster  has just been married, but right before he tries to leave on his honeymoon he stumbles across his aunts’ crazy scheme. His aunts are secretly murdering lonely old men who happen across their path. Their preferred method is a killer cocktail which includes arsenic of course. Their basement is now full of the dead bodies of widowers and the like.

He finds out about his aunts “bad habit” when he peeks inside a window seat and finds a body. This is one of my favorite scenes of the whole movie. Grant’s facial expressions are perfect. He is panicked as he tries to tell his aunts that “there’s a body in the window seat!” Of course, they are too calm about the whole situation because they put it there!

Hilarity ensues as Brewster tries to talk his aunts out of their scheme, keep his unsuspecting bride from finding out, and prevent his aunts from poisoning one lonely soul that stops by in the middle of everything.

Peter Lorre also makes an appearance in this movies as the doctor of Brewster’s cousin who is trying to elude the police.

This is one of those “I’ve had a bad day, I need a good laugh”-type  of films. A true funny classic that show the great Cary Grant at his comedic best. But, of course, he still manages to remain charming in the end in order to win back his frustrated new bride.

This movie has been adapted into an equally hilarious stage play and performed numerous times.

I’ll leave you with this quote, maybe it describes your family too. . .

“Insanity runs in my family; it practically gallops!”

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