Arsenic and Old Lace

Wed, Jul 14
  • Wed, Jul 14

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Run Time: 118 min. Release Year: 1944

Arsenic and Old Lace is The State’s July Modesto Noir selection.  We are happy to be able to screen the film before the discussion, so you can see it in person!

Writer and notorious marriage detractor Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) falls for girl-next-door Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane), and they tie the knot on Halloween. When the newlyweds return to their respective family homes to deliver the news, Brewster finds a corpse hidden in a window seat. With his eccentric aunts (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), disturbed uncle (John Alexander), and homicidal brother (Raymond Massey), he starts to realize that his family is even crazier than he thought.

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Poster for Modesto Noir Virtual Lecture Series:  Arsenic and Old Lace

Modesto Noir Virtual Lecture Series: Arsenic and Old Lace

Thu, Jul 15
  • Thu, Jul 15

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Run Time: 40 min.

Do you love films and have an interest in learning more about how they can develop into radio shows and how they are made? THIS IS FOR YOU!

The State Theatre, the Prospect Theatre Project (PTP), and the Gallo Center Repertory Company (GCRC) announce the launch of “Modesto Noir,” a five-month-long series of films, radio plays, lectures, and discussion.

From April to August, three of Modesto’s preeminent arts organizations will bring to the community monthly evenings dedicated to this unique and popular movie style. Film Noir describes classic American black-and-white movies of the 1940s and 50s, which feature dangerous deeds and love gone wrong, hardboiled detectives and deadly women, snappy dialogue, and bold camerawork.

People are invited to screen the radio shows, as well as the films themselves. The State Theatre will host a free recorded preview about each film and an online discussion of the film and its radio play adaptation. State Theatre Executive Director Kirstie Boyett will moderate the online Zoom discussions, whose guests will include the play directors, cast members, and technical specialists who brought these radio plays to life. Links to the events, as well as readings about the history and influence of Film Noir, will be found on the State Theatre website.

 The fun is set to continue with  a lecture about Frank Capra’s 1944 film Arsenic and Old Lace (not a true noir, though it does revolve around murder) will drop July 8th. On July 15th, the Gallo Rep cast and technicians will provide background into their radio play adaptation.