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Aug 16 10 10:43 PM
Aug 17 10 1:29 AM
The Frankenstein inspiration for Lurch is taken for granted (and some have suggested Karloff’s Morgan from THE OLD DARK HOUSE as the actual reference) but Charles Addams denied it and, according to his biographer who
had access to files, Addams had been drawing distinctive Lurch-type characters
before Karloff made either films.
Karloff himself was flattered by what he believed was a
reference to his work, but Addams, a gentleman and someone who enjoyed Boris’
company, never had the heart to set him straight.
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will wrote:Howard Hawks would have been a better choice as director. Capra apparently didn't have good instincts for pure farce.
Aug 17 10 9:29 PM
Red Gargon wrote:I agree that ARSENIC AND OLD LACE just ain't as pitch-perfect as it ought to be. Yeah, Cary Grant's overplaying it and spazzy, but I guess I'll still take an overplaying Cary Grant over an underplaying Jim Carrey or someone. The movie's a minor Halloween classic in my book, fun to trot out every few years. I know Jack Benny was considered for the Mortimer part, an idea which on first blush sounds intriguing, but, as much as I love him (and would've liked to have seen him take a stab), that might not have really worked either on further consideration. I will say, the one little bit of business that always has me in hysterics is where Grant's sticking Raymond Massey's leg with the fork. Just one of those things that stands out.
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Aug 18 10 9:52 AM
I seem to be in the minority in finding the movie version of A&OL nearly perfect. Almost everything about it works for me, and I'm not always the easiest guy to please. The movie is sort of a package, put together by Warners and Capra, and I buy the whole thing. A hundred percent perfect? No, but close enough.
From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it -- Groucho Marx
Aug 18 10 1:03 PM
I happened to watch the AIP movie HOT ROD GANG last night, thanks to Sid Terror. Anybody think the two old aunts in that film -- one named Agatha -- may have been based on or at least inspired by the ones in A&OL? The dead grandfather/bearded Ashley character in a small way could suggest Teddy.
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Aug 20 10 10:36 PM
Don Glut wrote: Anybody think the two old aunts in that film -- one named Agatha -- may have been based on or at least inspired by the ones in A&OL?
Aug 20 10 10:45 PM
And there you have the problem with the Uni series - Doyle's Great Detective was never so bluntly, crassly, insulting to his Good Doctor.
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I just saw ARSENIC AND OLD LACE for the first time today. And I loved it. It, for my money, is a close to perfect movie. Always amusing, often hilarious with a perfect cast. Grant was brilliant, Massey was a more than adequate Karloff stand in, Lorre was hilarious and I may be in love with Priscilla Lane. Loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
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Gram Owens wrote:
Peter Lorre seemed born to play Einstein.
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