Arsenic and Old Lace Film Summary & Analysis

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The Bugle

Insanity runs - or gallops - in Mortimer's family. Uncle Teddy is the most obviously crazy. He believes that he is actually Teddy Roosevelt, and he tries to get everyone to address him as President. Teddy is constantly blowing a bugle and running up the stairs yelling, "Charge!" to the great annoyance of the neighbors.

Uncle Teddy's bugle is symbolic of the insanity in the family. He is constantly trying to prove his exceptional position as the President of the United States. Uncle Teddy is so convinced of his identity that he's even digging the Panama Canal in the basement.

Ironically enough, Uncle Teddy's bugle is the least of Mortimer's worries. Although Teddy is obviously insane, the sisters' activities are far more dangerous. As they kill lonely men to put them out their misery, they are by far the most confused...

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