ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
1944, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Frank Capra

Theater critic Mortimer (Cary Grant) discovers on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are serial killers of lonely old bachelors, and that insanity runs in his family. Just when he believes things can’t get any worse, his psychotic criminal brother (Raymond Massey) returns in the dead of night with his alcoholic plastic-surgeon sidekick (Peter Lorre). A classic Capra black comedy!


MY FAVORITE WIFE
1940, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: Garson Kanin

Seven years after his wife was lost in a shipwreck, Nick (Cary Grant) has her declared dead so that he can remarry. Unfortunately, the missing spouse (Irene Dunne) resurfaces just as Nick heads off to honeymoon with his new bride. That’s only one of the complications in this frothy romantic comedy, which earned three Oscar nominations. With Randolph Scott.


THE BISHOP’S WIFE
1947, Park Circus, 109 min, USA, Dir: Henry Koster

When a bishop (David Niven) trying to build a cathedral prays for divine guidance, he gets it in the form of a charismatic angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Focused on raising construction funds, the bishop neglects many things - including his wife (Loretta Young), to whom Dudley is eventually drawn. This delightful Christmastime comedy was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Sound.


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