January 12, 2019
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Second Saturday of the month, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The evening begins in the Lounge with a delicious POT LUCK dinner that is notably strong on desserts. Members arrive at 6:00 pm, and we begin eating by 6:30. The movie starts at 7:30 without fail. Please RSVP to Helen Howey (718-268-9142) to let her know what food you will be bringing to share. Your dish should be enough for six to eight servings. New members are especially welcome!
October 13: Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace The film's supporting cast also features Raymond Massey, Priscilla Lane, Jack Carson, Edward Everett Horton and Peter Lorre.
Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a writer who has repeatedly denounced marriage as "an old fashioned superstition", falls in love with Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane), the minister's daughter who grew up next door to him. On Halloween day, Mortimer and Elaine marry. Elaine goes to her father's house to pack for the honeymoon and Mortimer returns to Abby (Josephine Hull) and Martha (Jean Adair), the aunts who raised him in the old family home. Mortimer's brother, Teddy (John Alexander), who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, resides with them. Each time Teddy goes upstairs, he yells "Charge!" and takes the stairs at a run, imitating Roosevelt's famous charge up San Juan Hill. Searching for the notes for his next book, Mortimer finds a corpse hidden in the window seat. He assumes in horror that Teddy's delusions have led him to murder. Abby and Martha cheerfully explain that they are responsible, that they minister to lonely old bachelors by ending their "suffering". They post a "Room for Rent" sign to attract a victim, then serve a cup of elderberry wine spiked with arsenic, strychnine and "just a pinch of cyanide" while getting acquainted. The bodies are buried in the basement by Teddy, who believes they are yellow fever victims that perished while building the Panama Canal.
And so it goes, it’s a delightful story—a classic not to be missed.