Skip to comments.TCM Classic Movie Alert 3/8/12
Posted on 03/08/2012 10:08:38 AM PST by Vision
This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert!
Tonight...Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), 8pm est
"A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family."
Haven't seen this one before. Hope it's funny.
You will LOVE it. It is Cary Grant at his comedic best! It is one of my favorites.
LOVE this movie. I will watch pretty much anything with Cary Grant in it.
What a coincidence, Vision! Just the other day, Keith was telling me about this picture. He said it’s a good one.
Vision,you will love it! It’s funny as hell!
I especially love TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, which just ended. A month of the best movies ever made. Wish that could be done more often than once a year.
Agreed. Grant was a master. Hard to believe he never received an Oscar (except for the ridiculous Lifetime Achievement BS).
He was a fascinating man who created the Cary Grant character on and off the screen and never veered from it. In his later years, he said, “I created Cary Grant, and I don’t know whether Archibald Leach became Cary Grant, or Cary Grant became Archibald Leach. But the two became one.”
And we can all thank God for that!
You haven’t seen it before? Well, it has Cary Grant. What else do you need to know?
Cary Grant alert!
make sure to watch for Cary’s triple-take at the window box when he discovers a body in it. Pure comedic genius.
It is funny and entertaining in the patient, well-crafted construction, and gentle way movies used to be made.
No in-your-face shock value, gratutious profanity or layered social commentary as is de rigeur by the current crop of rudderless filmmakers.
Like the vast majority of movies from the truly Golden Age, it respects its audience and in doing so, life itself.
Hi Gina, good to hear.
I love this movie. I have it on DVD.
If you like Cary Grant (who doesn’t?), you will LOVE this movie.
I’ve rather patterned my life after the crazy Uncle “Teddy”.
Wow! Never seen it? I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched it during my life, and still enjoy it!
Just a note to remember as you watch it: Boris Karloff played the roll in the original play that Raymond Massey plays in the movie. “He looks like Boris Karloff!”
That’s ROLE not roll! (Bah. Too much on my mind!)
Hollywood did have to censor the last line of the play when they made this into a movie. On stage, he said something a bit stronger than "I'm the son of a sea cook!"
it is great! i am envious of you.
Thanks for the heads up!! Full of funny characters!!
I love the ones he did with Irene Dunne too.
One of my Favorite Flicks..Along with “Some Like It Hot”!
You forgot Peter Lorre! He is the mad doctor who keeps talking about “poor Mr. Spinalzo” who is recently “deceased.”
This is a timeless classic and I would get it on DVR if possible.
Time to dig another lock for the canal.
Thanks for the ping. I’ll be watching.
This play used to be performed by many high schools back in the day.
As others have said, a classic.
I’d also like to commend the supporting characters of the two old aunts, Teddy and Cary’s new bride. She is great, but seems to have not had much of a career.
How about "It Happened One Night" (1934) - Not Cary Grant but another guy with the initials of CG, Clark Gable with a sizzlin' Claudette Colbert showing how to stop traffic.
As for "Arsenic and Old Lace", watching the hero trying to keep it together when his entire world is collapsing into chaos on his wedding night is WOW! This is a comic tour-de-farce!
Interestingly enough, both the star(Grant) and director(Frank Capra “It’s A Wonderful Life”) were staunch Republicans and American patriots who would be blacklisted by the Hollywood of today.
I love that hitch-hiking scene! :-)
On second thought, don't tell me.
I saw Grant in the 80s, when he was going around the country on a lecture series, in which he’d take questions from the audience. Someone asked him about “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and he seemed particularly sour on the topic of his performance, feeling he played it too broadly. Funny film, and I think he was fine in it, despite his misgivings.
You haven’t seen it?
My old boss worked with him in Operation Petticoat and he said that Grant was the same off camera as he was on.
The genuine article.
I forgot about that.lol
It’s in my top ten list.
I watched it for the first time with my father. Wonderful memories. :)
He even got named in the credits at the end of the film.
Larry Gilliand, next to last name in the credits LOL
He yelled “air raid!” from the sail of the boat during the luau.
Absolutely adore this movie.
Did you enjoy it as much of the rest of us did?
I think some of Cary Grants greatest talent was comedy, though I think Arsenic And Old Lace was so slapstick that it reminded him of his days in the Circus as Archibald Leach.
Well, I was going to let it go but, no I didn’t really like it; but I’m glad I saw it.
Madcap comedy doesn’t do it for me. I’m a screwball guy. There were probably 2 or 3 laughs. It doesn’t translate well in 2012. Back then it probably was quite shocking with all the murder and everything so that may have made it zanier.
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