Arsenic and Old Lace

If you’re gonna talk about classic movies at Halloween time, the most obvious choices are Frankenstein or Dracula or The Mummy or The Birds. So Melissa Tagg and I didn’t choose any of those.

Instead, we had fun with a different sort of Halloween tale from Hollywood’s Golden Age–Arsenic and Old Lace.

This movie is totally made to please my brain. It’s screwy and chaotic and dark. Cary Grant is hilarious, Priscilla Lane is irresistible, and the rest of the cast is brilliant. You’ve gotta see the performances turned in by Jean Adair and Josephine Hull as the two sweet women who happen to be serial murderers. Check out this week’s video for details on all those actors and much more.

What’s your favorite classic “scary” movie? 

Classic Movie Gush is a regular feature in which we revisit/introduce classic movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Catch up on all the movies we’ve talked about by visiting the Official Classic Movie Gush Page.

By Clay Morgan

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