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Arsenic and Old Lace

Released 1944
Distributor Warner Bros.

After a run of 1,444 performances on Broadway, Frank Capra’s 1941 filmization of the blockbuster play was finally allowed to be released–in 1944. Dismissed even by its star Cary Grant, who disliked his manic (but hilarious) performance, it has since become one of Capra’s most beloved movies.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.