October 8, 2010
Turner Home Entertainment
- Runtime: 118 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
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.
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.
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.