Javier De Jesús Pigott
Mentor: Mr. Kraack
Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace is a delightful movie that was based on Joseph Kesselring's stage play of the same name. Cary Grant liked this 1944 movie the least of any he'd done because of the overacting.
Grant plays Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who has written books against marriage and has just married Elaine who is the girl next door. Josephine Hull and Jean Adair play his loving and caring Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha. They also had the same roles in the stage play.
Mortimer discovers, while he's getting ready for his honeymoon, that there's a body of an elderly gentleman in the window seat. He assumes that his eccentric brother Teddy, who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt, has killed the man. John Alexander plays Teddy and he, also, had the same role in the stage play.
While speaking with his aunts, Mortimer finds that they're the ones who conspired to poison the man in the window seat. It is one of their "charities" to poison old men who are lonely and miserable and have no family. They got started in this endeavor when the first of their "gentlemen friends" had a heart attack and died while he was they’re seeing about a room the aunts had for rent. They thought he looked so happy and peaceful that it would be nice to make more lonely men just as happy and peaceful.
By the time Mortimer finds out about this, the body count is up to twelve. The aunts had allowed Teddy to dig the Panama Canal in the basement so they decided that this would be a perfect place to bury the bodies. They told Teddy that the men were yellow fever victims and they'd have to be buried. Every time they poisoned another one with their elderberry wine with the special additives, they'd send Teddy "down to Panama" to dig another lock for the canal. Then they'd give the victim a decent Christian burial.
Mortimer spends the rest of the movie trying to get Teddy committed to a sanitarium. He figures if the bodies are...