From hit men to poisonings, murder to madness, and deaths real and figurative, the June offerings on "Reel 13" run a dark gamut of dastardly doings. The series picked up yesterday after pre-emptions for the June Pledge period.
Two stage adaptations are among the mix, including "Gaslight," adapted from PatRick Hamilton's "Angel Street," and "Arsenic and Old Lace," from the play by Joseph Kesselring.
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"Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944)
Dir: Frank Capra
A theater critic (Cary Grant) learns his two elderly aunts are serving poisoned elderberry wine to lonely gentlemen callers. With Priscilla Lane and Raymond Massey.
"Jerry and Tom" (1998)
Dir: Saul Rubinek
A sardonic tale of two hit men, with Joe Mantegna and Sam Rockwell.
Dir: George Cukor
A schizoid Victorian (Charles Boyer) tries to drive his wife (Ingrid Bergman) mad. With Joseph Cotton and Angela Lansbury.
Dir: Tom Tykwer
A woman (Cate Blanchett) takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death. With Giovanni Ribisi.
Dir. Rudolph Maté
Compelling film noir with Edmund O'Brien as a C.P.A. who learns he has consumed poison. With Pamela Britton and Luther Adler.
"The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue" (2010)
Dir: Neal Thibedeau and Sarah Louise Wilson
A young couple has 24 hours to decide if their love should live or die. With Steve Talley, Mercedes Le Anza, and Lin Shaye.
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