Remember that show 'Clone High'? I remember reading that 'fantasy' shows like that do well as a change of pace from reality TV. 'Arsenic and Old Lace' works on the same level, as it was out during World War II. When watching it, you kinda think "What the hell was the writer on when he wrote this?" Wrote what you ask? Well how about a pair of aunts who are so sweet and benevolent, to the point where they will put lonely people out of their 'misery' by putting poison in their wine. They live with their brother, who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, and storms up the stairs mimicking a charge up San Juan Hill. And then their nephew Johnny, wanted for murder in several places around the world, shows up to hide out. But what brings the story together is the comedically gifted talent of none other than Cary Grant. Have I mentioned before he's the man? Oh yes, he is.
As for the film itself, the jokes are relatively light in the first half hour or so as we merely get to know the players involved. But it all comes together towards the end of the film as things just get…well…messed up. It all adds up to one of the funniest movies ever made.+4