Arsenic and Old Lace
Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer's two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out Show more... his aunts' hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse.
Variety Staff Despite the fact that picture runs 118 minutes, Frank Capra has expanded on the original play [by Joseph Kesselring] to a sufficient extent to maintain a steady, consistent pace.
Dave Kehr The timing is abysmal throughout, turning fast pace into numbing frenzy.
Geoff Andrew Dusty but gentle entertainment.