Arsenic and Old Lace Film Summary & Analysis

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Arsenic and Old Lace is a funny, intelligent mystery-comedy. Viewers are never sure what to expect next with this film. First, Mortimer is hiding from reporters while getting a marriage license, and then he finds a dead man in his aunts' window seat. From there, things become even stranger as Mortimer's brother Jonathan reappears.

Although Frank Capra is best known for his Christmas drama It's a Wonderful Life, his comedies such as Arsenic and Old Lace are classic. This film touches the hearts of all people because most have some type of semi-crazy person in their family. Everyone understands the exaggerated plight of Mortimer and laughs hysterically when the film finally comes to a close.

The cinematography of the film is also impressive. The darkness of some parts of the film simply enhances the mystery. For example, when Jonathan comes in, the audience can't...

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