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ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
November 19, 2019  | By David Bianculli

MOVIES!, 10:30 p.m. ET

 
I don’t know if you can get MOVIES! on your cable system, because I don’t know what your cable system is, or even if you have cable. But if you have MOVIES!, and can find it, watch it tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. That’s when this little-known movie channel presents one of my favorite comedy films: 1944’s Arsenic and Old Lace, a sassy-smart film version of the classic stage comedy. Cary Grant, in one of his most broadly comic roles, plays a drama critic whose elderly aunts turn out to be mass murderers, poisoning gentlemen callers and having their equally deranged live-in relative, who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, burying their bodies in the basement. What’s funny about that? Everything. Co-stars in this Frank Capra comedy include include Peter Lorre, Edward Everett Horton, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Josephine Hull and Jean Adair. Watch it – preferably while drinking a glass of wine. Elderberry, if possible…
 
 
 
 
 
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