Sight and Sound - 03/01/2002
"...Capra's mischievous tale of murder by old maid remains relentlessly, impeccably funny..."
Uncut - 08/01/2001
"[S]till a diamond."
Beware nice old ladies offering elderberry wine! A mild-mannered drama critic discovers the shocking truth about his two elderly aunts: The seemingly harmless old ladies have the most disagreeable habit of poisoning their gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar. One of the all-time great black comedies.
A couple leaving on their honeymoon must put aside their plans when the groom finds that his spinster aunts are killing people in their pleasant little house and burying the bodies in the cellar. To their credit, the aunts believe they are just being kind and they hold touching funeral services for all of their victims. The plot is complicated by a somewhat dotty elderly relative who is convinced that he is Teddy Roosevelt.
Black Comedy |
Stage Play |
According to various sources, the Epsteins wrote the screenplay "with help" from Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse.
The film was made in 1942, but not released until 1944.