Best and Worst : 'Harvey' or 'Arsenic and Old Lace'?

'Harvey' or 'Arsenic and Old Lace'?

I had meant to ask this question earlier but never got around to it. Much like David in WarGames, I always thought there was gonna be plenty of time.

Anyway, both of these comedies were based on plays, both involve someone trying to commit a family member to a mental institution, and, interestingly, both of them co-star Josephine Hull playing roles that she originally starred in on Broadway.

While I love Arsenic and Old Lace, I prefer Harvey (it's in my top ten of all time). Jimmy Stewart is so wonderful in it - as is everyone in the cast. The film - especially the scene in the alley behind the bar - has a wonderful tone to it that is nearly unique in the films that I've seen.

(Personal note - when I first saw the film many years ago I almost fell over when I saw Jesse White playing Mr. Wilson . . . at the time I had had no idea that he was a 'real' actor - I though he only played the Maytag Repairman in the commercials!)

So what do you say? Do you prefer one over the other? Please let me know! Don't wait - unfortunately the clock is ticking.

Goodness! People come and go so quickly here!

Re: 'Harvey' or 'Arsenic and Old Lace'?

Harvey. Jimmy Stewart - 'nuff said. :)

Re: 'Harvey' or 'Arsenic and Old Lace'?


Re: 'Harvey' or 'Arsenic and Old Lace'?

I prefer Harvey. Arsenic and Old Lace is great screwball comedy but Harvey has that extra touch.

Re: 'Harvey' or 'Arsenic and Old Lace'?

I love them both so much and it could always change on repeat viewing's but right now if pressed hard I'd go with Harvey.