The Best Of Broadway

Season 1 Episode 5

Arsenic and Old Lace

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 05, 1955 on CBS
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Arsenic and Old Lace
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Comedy that concerns the Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, who put lonely old men out of their misery by serving them poisoned elderberry wine. Their nephew Teddy buries them in the basement. He thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt and that the bodies are Panama Canal workers that died of yellow fever. Another nephew is Jonathan, an escaped criminal looking for a hideout. He's had plastic surgery to change his looks and now resembles movie actor Boris Karloff. Into this madness comes nephew Mortimer, a drama critic, who tries to set things right.moreless

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Edward Everett Horton

Edward Everett Horton

Mr. Witherspoon

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Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Dr. Einstein

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Orson Bean

Orson Bean

Mortimer Brewster

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    • Boris Karloff and John Alexander reprised their roles from the original 1941 Broadway production. Alexander, Lorre and Horton reprised their roles from the 1944 Frank Capra film. Hayes played her part again in a 1969 ABC-TV production opposite Lillian Gish. Karloff reprised his role in two other TV versions, Ford Theatre on CBS (04/11/49) and NBC's Hallmark Hall of Fame (02/05/62).

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