Arsenic and Old Lace
January 29, 1944
Shrine Auditorium, Oaklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 29, 1944
SISSIES SHOULD BOLT THEIR DOORS;
MOVIES’ DRACULA IS IN TOWN
by Ray Parr
Your old horror fan dusted off his best scream and shiver, filed a new edge on the teeth, and went up to see Dracula Friday.
He thought it would be nice to pick up a little lesson in biting.
I never wanted to sing like Frank Sinatra, or make love like Clark Gable, but man, oh man, if I could only bite like that boy, Dracula, my wall flower days would be over.
I never could do parlor tricks or answer riddles at social gatherings, but no longer would I blush with shame when folks tittered at my shortcomings. I would simply saunter over and bite the hostess on the neck in a Dracula manner.
If you don’t think I would immediately become the life of the party—certainly a card, as the saying goes—then you never saw Dracula. Or, on the other hand, you never saw me bite a hostess.
Not only that, but what with the sirloin shortage what it is, anything new along this line that don’t take ration points might come in right handy before the winter is over.
As I tiptoed into the Biltmore, I expected to find beautiful blondes scattered all over the corridor. Well, you can just imagine how I felt when I burst in his room and found that strange, half-human, half-bloodsucking vampire lying there on the bed with his evil eye fixed on a lovely delicate little—postage stamp.
Yes sir, the terrible Dracula turned out to be a stamp collector. Also, he was wearing red suspenders, his eyes were a mild, kindly blue, and his long smooth-brushed hair was streaked with a middle-aged gray. He could have been somebody’s father.
Dracula, who also is known as Bela Lugosi, collects stamps everywhere he goes. When he isn’t doing that, he is reading and hiking. Strange relaxations for him, it would seem, until one realizes that a man who makes his living working as Dracula year after year wouldn’t get a whale of a kick out of playing post office on his nights off.
When he’s home, his big fun comes from playing with his 6-year-old son.
“You wouldn’t believe it, but he is already imitating me,” Lugosi beamed, acting just like a father.
No Nicotine in Cigars
Lugosi also smokes cigars that have had the nicotine taken out of them. He likes, he says, green salads, raw fruit, no sweets, orange juice and milk.
It’s pretty nice being a horror specialist, in lots of ways.
“I’ve been getting along with everybody just fine since I became a horror man,” he said. “Everybody expects something so terrible they are surprised to find me a human.”
“Now when I was playing romantic leads, folks expected me to be a nice charming person at any hour of the day, and I had an awful time.”
Lugosi, veteran Hungarian actor, played romantic leads and character roles for 20 years in Europe and in America until 1927 he created Dracula. It brought him international fame.
Now folks no longer want to see him as a great lover. They want to scream.
But There’s Cash In It
It would all be pretty sad and his and his professional heart would be heavy, except there is pretty good dough in making folks scream.
From a discussion of art and culture, things moved on to the subject of dinner.
“I sure would like a good rare steak,” he said, forgetting all about the green salad and raw fruit, the Dracula apparently coming out in him.
“And would you like to come by my room first?” he continued, forgetting about all the milk and orange juice.
(P.S. Lugosi is the star of Arsenic & Old Lace at the Shrine Saturday afternoon and night. There are plenty of tickets left for the afternoon performance, according to Jim Boyle. We promised Jim we would try to work in something about his show if he would dig up Dracula for us.)
January 30, 1944
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Dallas Morning News, January 31, 1944
February 1, 1944
February 2, 1944
The Auditorium, Memphis, Tennesse
February 3, 1944
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
February 5, 1944
The Temple, Birmingham, Alabama
Omaha World Herald, February 6, 1944
February 7-8, 1944
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bela Lugosi’s reaction to seeing Boris Karloff’s face on this poster must have been interesting
The Times-Picayune, January 23, 1944
The Times-Picayune, February 1, 1944
The Times-Picayune, February 6, 1944
The Times-Picayune, February 7, 1944
The Times-Picayune, February 8, 1944
The Times-Picayune, February 9, 1944
February 10, 1944
Lanier Auditorium, Montgomery, Alabama
February 11-12, 1944
The Erlanger Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
February 14-15, 1944
The Municipal Auditorium, Savannah, Georgia
February 16, 1944
City Auditorium, Augusta
The Augusta Chronicle, January 30, 1944
The Augusta Chronicle, February 6, 1944
The Times-Picayune, February 10, 1944
The Augusta Chronicle, February 13, 1944
The Augusta Chronicle, February 16, 1944
The Billboard, February, 19, 1944
Augusta Bizmen Want Shows
AUGUSTA, Ga., Feb. 12. – Local businessmen have formed a new enterprise. Auditorium Attractions, to present roadshows, name bands and concert artists at City Auditorium. Arsenic and Old Lace, with Bela Lugosi, comes in February 16, to be followed by Junior Miss, Tobacco Road and Abie’s Irish Rose. Arsenic will be the first roadshow to stop here in three years. Eddie T. Lewis, well-known showman, is head of the new company.
February 17, 1944
The Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina
February 18, 1944
The Carolina Theatre, Greenville, South Carolina
February 19, 1944
The Auditorium, Asheville, North Carolina
February 21, 1944
The Carolina Theatre, Greenville, South Carolina
February 22, 1944
The National Theatre, Greensboro, North Carolina
The Greensboro Daily News, February 10, 1944
The Greensboro Daily News, February 11, 1944
The Greensboro Daily News, February 13, 1944
The Greensboro Daily News, February 20, 1944
February 24, 1944
The Carolina Theatre, Durham, North Carolina
February 25, 1944
The State Theatre, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
February 26, 1944
Academy of Music, Roanoke, Virginia
February 27-March 3, 1944
Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland
The Baltimore News-Post, February 29, 1944
The Billboard, March 11, 1944
BALTIMORE, March 4. – Return engagement of Arsenic and Old Lace at Ford’s Theater, second of season, grossed a fine $14,000, which compares with the $17,000 grossed the season’s opening in September.
Bela Lugosi headed the cast. Last September Boris Karloff held the stellar role.
March 7, 1944
The Lyric Theatre, Allentown, Pennsylvania
March 8, 1944
The War Memorial Auditotium, Trenton, New Jersey
Trenton Evening Times, February 28, 1944
Trenton Evening Times, March 2, 1944
Trenton Evening Times, March 5, 1944
Trenton Evening Times, March 6, 1944
March 9-11, 1944
The Playhouse, Willington, Delaware
The publicity department still haven’t got the poster right
March 16, 1944
The High School Auditorium, Pittsfield, Massachussetts
March 17, 1944
Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, Massachussetts
March 18, 1944
Bushnell Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut
The Springfield Sunday Union And Republican, March 12, 1944
March 20-April 2, 1944
The Colonial Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Herald, March 12, 1944
Boston Herald, March 15, 1944
Boston Herald, March 20, 1944
Boston Herald, March 21, 1944
Boston College Heights, March 24, 1944
“Arsenic and Old Lace” the play concerning two old ladies who commit murder with childlike innocence, is back in town for the fourth time. On this occasion Bela Lugosi is the star, having taken over the part formerly played by Boris Karloff. If you didn’t see “Arsenic and Old Lace” on any of its previous runs here, try and get tickets for it next week. Of course you could see a couple of movies for the price of this show, but money spent on this one is a fool proof investment. There are very few present day comedies that equal it.
Boston Herald, March 25, 1944
Boston Herald, March 29, 1944
Boston Herald, April 1, 1944
April 9-22, 1944
The Locust Theatre, Philadelphia
Photograph by Vandamm Studio, 130 West 57 St., New York, N.Y.
Inscription on rear of photo: “Bela Lugosi in Arsenic and Old Lace. Locust = Last Week.”
April 24-29, 1944
Mosque Theatre, Newark, New Jersey
The Westfield Leader, April 13, 1944
“Arsenic and Old Lace” Coming to Mosque Theatre
Starring the famous Bela Lugosi in person, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” the hair raising comedy hailed by New York’s critics as a play no one would ever forget, is due at the Mosque Theatre, Newark, April 24, for one week’s engagement, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday.
Written by Joseph Kesselring, “Arsenic and Old Lace” is the first production by the Messrs. Howard Lindsley and Russel Crouse, two gentlemen not altogether unknown to the theatre, for it was this team who wrote “Life With Father,” and numerous others.
Bela Lugosi will bring the cast that has shared honors in the play’s success for the past three seasons. Jean Adair, Jack Whiting, Ruth McDevitt, Donald Macdonald and Malcolm Beggs are featured.
Pitsburgh Post-Gazette, April 26, 1944
May 24-27, 1944
The Civic Theatre, Syracuse, New York
May 30-31, 1944
The Kalaruh Temple, Binghamptom, New York
June 2-3, 1944
The Erie Theatre, Schenectady, New York