Set in Brooklyn on Halloween – where, according to a title card, “anything can happen –– and it usually does” – ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944) is a madcap slapstick comedy from director and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Frank Capra. Named by the American Film Institute among the funniest films of all-time, the iconic comedy stars Priscilla Lane, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey, Josephine Hull and Jean Adair – with an all-in physical performance from the incomparable Cary Grant, who was included by AFI among cinema’s greatest screen legends.
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944) – AFI Movie Club
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