Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Poster


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Version of 

The Ford Theatre Hour: Arsenic and Old Lace (1949) (TV Episode)
Based on the same play.
The Best of Broadway: Arsenic and Old Lace (1955) (TV Episode)
Based on the same play.
ITV Play of the Week: Arsenic and Old Lace (1958) (TV Episode)
Based on the same play.
Arsenic & Old Lace (1962) (TV Movie)
Based on the same play.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1969) (TV Movie)
Based on the same play.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1971) (TV Movie)
Based on the same play.
To theatro tis Defteras: Arseniko kai palia dantela (1981) (TV Episode)
Based on the same play.
Arsènic i puntes de coixí (1995) (TV Movie)
Based on the same play.
Arsenik og gamle kniplinger (2002) (TV Movie)
Based on the same play.

Remade as 

Arsenico e vecchi merletti (1955) (TV Movie)


M (1931)
In the cellar scene, Jonathan's shadow looms on the wall over Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre), reflecting the beginning of "M" when the shadow of Hans Beckert (Lorre) looms over a little girl
Frankenstein (1931)
numerous times, references to Karloff's character
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
'Cary Grant' says "I'm not quite myself today!" in humourous context in both films

Referenced in 

The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)
The premise of a 'sane' individual discovering a house full of zanies with bodies in the cellar follows "Arsenic's," which was actually filmed in 1941 but held from release until '44.
Girl on the Spot (1946)
Fingers mentions seeing a show where "they dumped a bunch of stiffs in a window seat."
Mousie Come Home (1946) (Short)
A bottle of poison is labeled "Arsenic (and old lace)".
Wise Quackers (1949) (Short)
Referenced by Daffy Duck
La muerte enamorada (1951)
Mentioned by Fernando under its Mexican title "Arsénico y encajes".
The King and I (1956)
The opening song from Arsenic and Old Lace is featured in The King and I during the introduction of Anna to the head wife, Lady Thiang when she demonstrates her mastery of English by singing "There is a Happy Land".
North by Northwest (1959)
When the character portrayed by Cary Grant is looking through a telescope at the statue of Teddy Roosevelt, he states "I don't like the way Teddy Roosevelt is looking at me." He is referencing another Cary Grant film, Arsenic and Old Lace, in which his brother thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. He is implying that the situation he has gotten himself into by pretending to be George Kaplan makes him crazier than his brother (or the man he thinks is his brother).
The Andy Griffith Show: Alcohol and Old Lace (1961) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Hogan's Heroes: The Assassin (1966) (TV Episode)
Hogan references the movie to describe their attempt to smuggle out another prisoner.
Este cura (1968)
The town's pharmacist is nicknamed "Arsenic" while his wife is nicknamed "Old Lace."
Bewitched: Cousin Serena Strikes Again: Part 2 (1969) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Beast in the Cellar (1971)
Two old sisters,hiding their insane brother in the cellar.
Here's Lucy: Lucy and the Little Old Lady (1972) (TV Episode)
Harry theorizes that Mrs. Brady could be like one of the old ladies in "Arsenic and Old Lace" who poison people with elderberry wine.
A Family at War: The Sensible Thing (1972) (TV Episode)
Freda proposes an evening at the cinema
The Muppet Show: Bernadette Peters (1977) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "Veterinarian's Hospital"
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: Arson and Old Lace (1978) (TV Episode)
title reference
Remington Steele: Let's Steele a Plot (1984) (TV Episode)
mentioned once
Charade (1984) (Short)
Knots Landing: Arsenic and Old Waste (1986) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Remington Steele: Steele Hanging in There: Part 1 (1987) (TV Episode)
Steele references the movie when Laura suggests that they invite the INS agent over for dinner.
The Golden Girls: Larceny and Old Lace (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man (1988) (TV Movie)
still shown
Murder, She Wrote: Mr. Penroy's Vacation (1988) (TV Episode)
Strong similarities between the plots of both.
Return to Treasure Island (1989)
scene when clock's hands turn to six of Billy Bons' sneeze is similar to scene in 'Arsenic...'
Cheers: Madame LaCarla (1991) (TV Episode)
Woody is appearing in a stage production of the movie.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Oh, no. There's a Teddy Roosevelt costume and some graves down here!"
The Last Supper (1995)
Arsenic in the wine
Roseanne: Arsenic and Old Mom (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
The West Wing: The Fall's Gonna Kill You (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Abbey Bartlet.
Midsomer Murders: The Electric Vendetta (2001) (TV Episode)
Repeats famous line about insanity running in the family.
Doc: Arsenic and Old Spice (2004) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
GhostWatcher 2 (2005) (Video)
videotape on shelf
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.68 (2005) (TV Episode)
all Jeopardy! round category titles are references to Cary Grant, including "Arsenic" and "Old Lace"
Pushing Daisies: Dummy (2007) (TV Episode)
When Chuck, Ned, and Emerson (all in the Dandy Lion SX) pass by a movie theater, this movie's title is on the marquee.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
"He's in that mood... [draws finger across throat]" said by both Dr. Einstein and Mrs. Lovett
Hollywood Mouth (2008)
Promo item from Rick's collection.
Archie's Final Project (2009)
"Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops"
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
"Artistic talent runs through my family. In fact, it practically stampedes!" is a very close line to "Insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops."
Major Crimes: Frozen Assets (2014) (TV Episode)
When arsenic is found at a crime scene, Provenza replies "Where's the old lace?"
Runaways: Hostile (2018) (TV Episode)
Alex hands Gert a pamflet of old movie double features with this title on it. Later she names her dinosaur 'Old Lace'.

Featured in 

The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) (TV Special)
Film Extra: Frank Capra (1974) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Cary Grant reacts to a dead body in the window seat.
Kisses (1991) (TV Movie)
Funny kissing scene with Grant and Lane, Mortimer with aunts, and last scene
100 Years of Horror: Boris Karloff (1996) (TV Episode)
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV Movie)
Clip of Mortimer and aunts
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
Arsenic and Old Lace is #30.
TCM Guest Programmer: Chris Elliott (2007) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1940s (2014) (TV Episode)
Arsenic and Old Lace is #8.
Women He's Undressed (2015)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Kitty Kornered (1946) (Short)
Daffy Dilly (1948) (Short)

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