Arsenic and Old Lace
The old Brewster ladies are really a hoot! Home is Brooklyn and Martha and Abby are set in their ways with their cadaverous routines, but just as sweet as can be (hehehe) as they welcome prospective lodgers in for a glass of their own special blend of el...more
This is one of the most wonderful bits of dark humor I've ever read. It's laugh-out-loud funny (even when just reading it) and still manages to be creepy. Oh the irony, oh the death, oh the references to Boris Karloff...
I just got done reading thi ...more
Honestly, plays are, like, my favorite thing in the world. They are just so easy to read and so, so wonderful. This is de ...more
Zunächst habe ich mir den alten S/W Film angesehen, der mich wahrlich nicht von den Socken gehauen hat. Er ist überdreht und geht einem schon bald ordentlich auf die Nerven. Die Darsteller sind mir streckenweise zu hysterisch. Das war damals wohl so üblich, vermute ich.
A family of lunatics goes on a rampage killing 24 people between them. And they call it a comedy.
Actually, rated among the best ever…
A horror comedy might be a way to describe this crime story with plenty of laughs.
A family of lunatics goes on a rampage killing 24 people between them.
How can you turn this into a comedy?
It can’t be easy, but Frank Capra, with the help of Cary Grant has turned this into one of the best comedy films ever made, on some lists ...more
Mortimer Brewster, upon visiting his aunts’ house, discovers they have been poisoning elderly men with elderberry wine that contains arsenic. They say that they do it to put lonely people with nothing to live for out of their misery.
Then Jonathan Brewster, Mortimer's estranged brother and a hardened criminal, returns home, accompanied by his partner, Dr. Einstein, a plastic surgeon. Comedy ensues as Mortimer tries to hide the ...more
Sometimes the only think I like about watching a movie first and then reading the book, is that if an actor fits the character, it sticks with you and its manners and everything stays whe ...more
This play is pure comedy and I'm sure just reading doesn't do it justice but I still found it funny and darkly charming.
I love the dry sense of humor, it reminded me of Gene Wilder and his brand of often understated humor. To badly paraphrase a quote - if the words and situation are funny you don't have to be, meaning you don't have to be over the top or clownish to get laughs, the audience is smart enough to see the humor in the situation. This also sums up this play which ...more
Of course things are not as sinister as they seem.The Aunts believe they ar ...more
And wow is Arsenic and Old Lace a dark comedy. From 1940. I don’t associate the 1930s and 1940s with the sort of humor on display in Arsenic and Old Lace, ...more
Two elderly sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster are well-liked in their town as well-off do-gooders. Their nephew Mortimer pops in one evening to announce his engagement to their neighbour's daughter only to discover that one of their new 'charity' projects involves poisoning sad and single men, as a kindness, and burying them in their basement. Add to this the slightly deranged 'other' nephew Teddy, who th ...more
Recommended for beginning drama readers (very madcap & I hesitate to say it.. zany) and for fans of the movie, especially. People who enjoy reading plays would not find this as high-brow as Harold P ...more
I loved how the kindly intent of the ladies went so far astray in religious and cultural acceptability. One of my favorite characters was Teddy though. His disc ...more