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Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace(1944)

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  • In the scene where Mortimer Brewster is sitting on a tombstone in the graveyard outside his Aunt's home, one of the headstones behind him reads "Archie Leach". Cary Grant's real name is Archie Leach. See also His Girl Friday (1940).
  • The film went unreleased for 3 years after it was completed, waiting for the Broadway play to finish its run. On stage, Boris Karloff played Raymond Massey's character, Jonathan Brewster, who "looks like Karloff".
  • Cary Grant donated his entire salary, $100,000, to the U.S. War Relief Fund.
  • Bob Hope turned down the role of Mortimer Brewster.
  • Mortimer's repeated phrase at the end of the film declaring the secret of his birth was originally "I'm a bastard!" However, it was demanded that it was changed to "I'm the Son of a sea cook!"


  • Holz (2008-12-09)

    Source: not available

    Peter Lorre's character is loosely based on gangland surgeon Joseph Moran.

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