History Theatre / ArsenicAndOldLace

29th Mar '16 9:56:05 PM ObsidianFire
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* BetterThanABareBulb: Thanks to Mortimer who, being a dramatic critic, is familiar with all the conventions of exactly the sort of situation he finds himself in. It's too bad that he [[WrongGenreSavvy doesn't realize he's in a play himself]].

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* BetterThanABareBulb: Thanks to Mortimer who, being a dramatic critic, is familiar with all the conventions of exactly the sort of situation he finds himself in. It's too bad that he [[WrongGenreSavvy doesn't realize he's in a play himself]].himself.



* BoundAndGagged: Mortimer; see GenreBlindness and IdiotBall. He even gives Jonathan the idea by describing it (as seen in a play) to Dr. Einstein, who later {{Handwave}}s it to Officer O'Hara when he shows up with Mortimer still tied up. Mortimer still doesn't get loose until he gets knocked over in a brawl between Jonathan and the police, which [[BenchBreaker breaks the chair he's tied to]].

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* BoundAndGagged: Mortimer; see GenreBlindness and IdiotBall. He even gives Jonathan the idea by describing it (as seen in a play) to Dr. Einstein, who later {{Handwave}}s it to Officer O'Hara when he shows up with Mortimer still tied up. Mortimer still doesn't get loose until he gets knocked over in a brawl between Jonathan and the police, which [[BenchBreaker breaks the chair he's tied to]].



* DeathByGenreSavviness: Mortimer plays with this trope; see GenreBlindness, below.



* GenreBlindness: DiscussedTrope. When Dr. Einstein suggests Mortimer should be GenreSavvy enough to comprehend the danger he's in, he makes the mistake of remarking that characters in plays at least ''act'' intelligently. Mortimer then proceeds to explain the frequent use and abuse of the IdiotBall in plays, [[DramaticIrony fittingly unaware]] that he's holding it.

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* GenreBlindness: DiscussedTrope. When Dr. Einstein suggests Mortimer should be GenreSavvy enough to comprehend the danger he's in, in (Mortimer is a theater critc), he makes the mistake of remarking that characters in plays at least ''act'' intelligently. Mortimer then proceeds to explain the frequent use and abuse of the IdiotBall in plays, [[DramaticIrony fittingly unaware]] that he's holding it.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Played for laughs -- Mortimer is an expert in theater tropes and [[DiscussedTrope continually comments]] on how things would turn out if he were actually in a play and trapped in a house with murderers... happily ignoring the fact that that's exactly what's going on.
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Played for laughs -- Mortimer is an expert in theater tropes and [[DiscussedTrope continually comments]] on how things would turn out if he were actually in a play and trapped in a house with murderers... happily ignoring the fact that that's exactly what's going on.
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11th Mar '16 4:24:08 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''''Arsenic and Old Lace''''' is a 1939 play by Joseph Kesselring, a BlackComedy parody of murder mysteries. It was adapted for the big screen as a 1944 film directed by Creator/FrankCapra and starring Creator/CaryGrant.

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'''''Arsenic ''Arsenic and Old Lace''''' Lace'' is a 1939 play by Joseph Kesselring, a BlackComedy parody of murder mysteries. It was adapted for the big screen as a 1944 film directed by Creator/FrankCapra and starring Creator/CaryGrant.
27th Jan '16 12:43:00 PM Mikeyfan93
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* NoodleIncident: Whatever the "UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} Method" involves. One production of the play had a bit of improv that was kept in during the following performances: the Aztec method, which involved [[NoodleImplements a goat, an ostrich, and a chicken]]. "Where am I gonna find a chicken at this time of night, Johnny?"

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* NoodleIncident: Whatever the "UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} Method" involves. One production of the play had a bit of improv that was kept in during the following performances: the Aztec method, Local productions vary on its description, which involved [[NoodleImplements a goat, an ostrich, is usually improvised by the cast members portraying Jonathan and a chicken]]. "Where am I gonna find a chicken at this time of night, Johnny?"Dr. Einstein.
23rd Jan '16 4:26:29 AM pittsburghmuggle
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ArsenicAndOldLace.jpg]][[caption-width-right:300:"There is a Happy Dale, far, far away..."]]




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[[caption-width-right:300:"There is a Happy Dale, far, far away..."]]
23rd Jan '16 4:22:29 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* RegionalRiff: The Music/MaxSteiner score sets the scene with a StandardSnippet of "The Sidewalks of New York" -- suitably rendered in the minor.

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* RegionalRiff: RegionalRiff:
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The Music/MaxSteiner score sets the scene with a StandardSnippet of "The Sidewalks of New York" -- suitably rendered in the minor.minor.
** Also when the Asian woman winks at Elaine at the marriage office, a slight [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_riff Oriental Riff]] occurs.
22nd Jan '16 7:27:22 PM pittsburghmuggle
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** The film also eliminates the play's ending gag, which has the aunts offering a glass of their wine to yet another gentleman caller.

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** The film also eliminates the play's ending gag, which has the aunts offering a glass of their wine to yet another gentleman caller.Mr. Witherspoon.
--->'''Witherspoon:''' You don't see much elderberry wine nowadays - I thought I'd had my last glass of it.\\
'''Abby:''' Oh, no!\\
'''Martha:''' [Handing him a glass of wine] No, here it is.



* ChekhovsGun: When Mortimer and Aunt Abbey take a moment to look at a picture of Johnathan, you know he's going to figure in the story eventually.

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* ChekhovsGun: When Mortimer and Aunt Abbey Abby take a moment to look at a picture of Johnathan, you know he's going to figure in the story eventually.
22nd Jan '16 7:20:25 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* ChekhovsGun: When Mortimer and Aunt Abbey take a moment to look at a picture of Johnathan, you know he's going to figure in the story eventually.
22nd Jan '16 7:12:40 PM pittsburghmuggle
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Theatre critic Mortimer Brewster is the [[OnlySaneMan most normal]] member of his family. He has two sweet old aunts, Abby and Martha, who like serving homemade wine to lonely old men... and sometimes put arsenic in it. As the action opens, Mortimer has decided to surprise his family with his marriage, and shows up with his new bride Elaine on his aunts' doorstep.

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Theatre critic Mortimer Brewster doesn't realize it, but he is the [[OnlySaneMan most normal]] member of his family. He has two sweet old aunts, Abby and Martha, who like serving homemade wine to lonely old men... and sometimes put arsenic in it. As the action opens, Mortimer has decided to surprise his family with his marriage, and shows up with his new bride Elaine on his aunts' doorstep.
11th Jan '16 10:05:39 AM Jeduthun
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* ObliviouslyEvil: The sweet little old ladies genuinely have no idea that poisoning multiple people makes them {{Serial Killer}}s.
28th Dec '15 4:06:35 AM Shadowgazer
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** In addition, the two aunts, who at the end of the play are all committed to Happy Dale, a fairly comfortable sanitarium, as opposed to being arrested or committed to a hospital for the criminally insane.

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** In addition, the two aunts, who at the end of the play are all committed to Happy Dale, a fairly comfortable sanitarium, as opposed to being arrested or committed to a hospital for the criminally insane. The end of the play which is not shown in the film, however, shows that the aunts go back to their old habits with the warden which leaves open the possibility that they will be revealed.
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