Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Classic Film, 'Arsenic and Old Lace,'
to Screen at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 28, 2006

scene from Arsenic and Old LaceEAU CLAIRE — Frank Capra's manic black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" will screen Oct. 5-8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The film will be shown at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Shot in 1941 but not released until 1944, when Joseph Kesselring's play finished its long Broadway run, the film stars Cary Grant as New York drama critic Mortimer Brewster. Despite his renown for criticizing the institution of marriage, Mortimer is about to secretly wed his fiance, Elaine (Priscilla Lane), and steal away to Niagara Falls. Since Elaine lives next door to his kindly aunts, Mortimer passes the time at their Brooklyn home while his bride packs for their honeymoon.

Within minutes Mortimer finds that the two old dears have been poisoning lonely old men as an act of charity. Since their brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, he is easily convinced to bury these "yellow fever victims" while he digs the Panama Canal in the basement. With the arrival of Mortimer's long-lost brother (Raymond Massey) an escaped psychopath with an alcoholic surgeon (Peter Lorre) in tow Mortimer concludes he shouldn't be the marrying kind after all.

"Insanity runs in my family," Mortimer says. "It practically gallops."

Film critic Leslie Halliwell called the film "a frenzy of hilarious activity, and its flippant attitude to death was better received in wartime than would have been the case earlier or later. The director coaxes some perfect if overstated performances from his star cast, and added his own flair for perpetuating hubbub."

The 118-minute black-and-white film is not rated.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby, and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

-30-

JS/NW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.