September 26th, 2012: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Cast and Crew:  Frank Capra (Director); Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein (Screenwriters); Joseph Kesselring (Play); Max Steiner (Music); Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, John Alexander, Jack Carson, John Ridgely, Edward McNamara, James Gleason, Edward Everett Horton, Grant Mitchell

What It’s About: Anti-marriage advocate Mortimer Brewster finally ties the knot, but first the newlyweds stop by the home of Brewster’s aunts only to discover a disturbing family secret.

Why Watch it Today?: The character of Dr. Einstein, played here by Peter Lorre, was based on notorious Chicago underworld doctor Joseph P. Moran whose corpse washed up on the shore of Lake Erie on this day in 1935.

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