Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) [IN PROCESS - Information may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies]


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Film Music Structure for Arsenic and Old Lace

Number Scene Type Time Theme Variant Gesture On-screen
1 opening title sequence 0:00:00 Signature WB shield
2 0:00:13 Happy Land Allegretto Main title
3 0:00:21 Happy Land Chromatic Cast list
4 0:00:29 Transition Cast list
5 0:00:39 Happy Land Screwy Gavotte Cast list
6 0:00:47 Happy Land Gospel Cast list
7 0:00:54 Happy Land Marcato Cast list
8 0:00:58 Chromatic Fall Max Steiner's name
9 0:01:10 Sidewalks of New York Misterioso New York City
10 sporting event 0:01:20 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Fans yelling at a ball game
11 0:01:38 Punching and falling A fight starts on the field
12 transition 0:01:53 Sidewalks of New York Expressivo A ship sailing under a bridge
13 establish character 0:01:59 Here Comes the Bride Marriage License Bureau "Marriage License Bureau" sign
14 0:02:20 Underscoring (Comical) Mortimer hides from the reporters
15 0:02:42 Here Comes the Bride Wow Wow Trumpet Rushing around and hiding in a telephone booth
16 0:02:51 Two by Two The marriage clerk sings
17 0:03:34 Here Comes the Bride Modulating Hiding in a telephone booth
18 0:03:53 Pushing Mortimer pushes man
19 0:04:17 The Old Maid Mortimer talks to Elaine
20 0:04:54 Here Comes the Bride Modulating Mortimer and Elaine rush off
21 0:05:00 Here Comes the Bride Chinese Chinese girl turns around
22 0:05:05 Here Comes the Bride Comical Goofy man turns around
23 establish setting 0:05:13 Sidewalks of New York Quasi Barcarolle The Brewster home
24 0:05:30 Sidewalks of New York Walking Cops patrol the neighborhood
25 establish character 0:06:25 Rondo Alla Turca Teddy plays the harpsichord
26 0:09:05 The Aunts Aunt Abby scurries across the room
27 0:09:11 Happy Land Lento Reverend talks about the Brewster sisters
28 advance plot 0:12:26 The Aunts Reverend leaves
29 0:12:31 Happy Land Meno The aunts talk
30 0:13:16 The Aunts Grazioso Con Moto The aunts talk
31 0:13:34 Happy Land Grazioso The aunts talk
32 0:13:48 Wind blowing Wind blows the curtains at the window
33 0:13:52 The Aunts Allegretto The aunts run to the window
34 0:13:59 Opens window The aunts open the window
35 love scene 0:14:00 Here Comes the Bride Full Elaine appears in the window
36 0:14:10 Here Comes the Bride Modulating Mortimer calls to Elaine
37 0:14:41 Here Comes the Bride Religioso Mortimer and Elaine in the cemetery
38 0:14:48 Chasing Mortimer chases Elaine around a tree
39 0:14:51 Underscoring (Mysterious) Mortimer flirts with Elaine
40 0:15:02 Here Comes the Bride Appassionato The aunts peek out of the window
41 0:15:17 Here Comes the Bride Church Bells Mortimer follows Elaine
42 0:15:25 Here Comes the Bride Appassionato Mortimer and Elaine kiss
43 0:15:36 Here Comes the Bride Modulating Mortimer and Elaine talk
44 0:16:10 Here Comes the Bride Appassionato Mortimer and Elaine kiss
45 0:16:22 Here Comes the Bride Church Bells Mortimer and Elaine talk
46 0:16:31 Chasing 2 Elaine runs off
47 0:16:37 Here Comes the Bride Elaine whistles
48 NIF Here Comes the Bride Modulating 2
49 0:17:02 Here Comes the Bride Mortimer whistles
50 advance plot 0:18:44 Break the News to Mother Teddy sings
51 0:18:54 Jonathan Jonathan Brewster's picture is shown
52 NIF The Aunts
53 NIF Happy Land Meno
54 advance plot 0:19:52 Here Comes the Bride Mortimer at the window seat
55 0:20:06 Happy Land Abby sings
56 turning point 0:23:14 Jonathan Mortimer reacts to the reveal
57 0:23:44 Here Comes the Bride Elaine Whistles Elaine whistles out of her window
58 0:23:58 Here Comes the Bride Tritone Mortimer runs to the door
59 advance plot 0:24:16 Happy Land Abby, Martha, and Mortimer in the kitchen
60 0:26:22 Here Comes the Bride Elaine whistles on the phone
61 0:29:30 Break the News to Mother Mortimer listens to Teddy sing
62 0:31:04 Here Comes the Bride Elaine whistles in Mortimer's ear
63 0:39:01 The Aunts The aunts talk
64 0:39:06 Happy Land Screwyoso The aunts talk
65 0:39:28 Happy Land String Quartet The aunts set the table
66 establish character 0:39:58 The Aunts Frightened The aunts see shadows at the door
67 0:40:30 Jonathan 2 Jonathan enters the house
68 0:40:54 Scar The scar on Jonathan's face
69 0:41:03 Home Sweet Home Ominous Jonathan looks around the house
70 0:41:31 Scar Misterioso They see the food
71 0:41:42 Home Sweet Home + Scar Expressivo Abby talks to Jonathan
72 0:42:08 Underscoring (Tense) Jonathan talks to the aunts
73 0:42:29 Scar Face Jonathan talks about his scar
74 0:42:41 Mysterioso Pizzicato Martha talks about scary movies
75 0:42:56 Underscoring (Tense) Jonathan glares at Dr. Einstein
76 0:43:08 Jonathan 2 Jonathan talks about the operation
77 0:43:20 Scar Dr. Einstein talks to the aunts
78 0:43:28 Home Sweet Home Ominous Dr. Einstein talks to the aunts
79 0:43:40 Home Sweet Home Tranquillo Jonathan sits down
80 0:44:00 The Aunts Frightened The aunts go into the kitchen
81 0:45:22 The Aunts Frightened The aunts peek through the kitchen window
82 0:45:29 Scar Dr. Einstein describes how he will fix Jonathan's face
83 advance plot 0:49:12 Jonathan 2 Jonathan threatens the aunts
84 0:49:36 Scar Dr. Einstein calls to Jonathan
85 0:49:45 Underscoring (Tense) Jonathan follows Dr. Einstein
86 0:49:45 When Johnny Comes Marching Home Dr. Einstein spies on Teddy
87 0:50:14 Scar Dark Jonathan and Dr. Einstein watch Teddy dig
88 0:50:20 The Aunts Frightened Jonathan and Dr. Einstein talk
89 0:52:20 The Aunts Grazioso Con Moto The aunts move through the kitchen
90 0:52:32 Wind blowing 2 The aunts walk to the window
91 0:52:41 Stinger Jonathan suddenly appears at the window
92 0:52:48 Jonathan 2 Jonathan comes in the window
93 0:53:35 Jonathan Fragmented Jonathan and the doctor go up the stairs
94 0:53:55 The Aunts Aunt Abby goes to the front door
95 0:54:01 Underscoring (Mysterious) Aunt Abby goes up the stairs
96 0:54:12 The Aunts Molto Misterioso Aunt Abby faces Jonathan
97 0:54:30 Underscoring (Tense) Jonathan goes up the stairs
98 0:54:54 Happy Land Dirge Teddy looks for the body in the dark
99 0:55:21 Funeral March Teddy carries the body down the stairs
100 0:56:27 Underscoring (Dark) Einstein looks around in the dark
101 0:56:48 Blows out match Einstein blows out the match
102 0:57:04 Jonathan 2 Dark Jonathan exits
103 0:58:10 Underscoring (Tense) Someone knocks at the door
104 0:58:28 Here Comes the Bride Tense Elaine comes in the door
105 0:58:39 Scar Tense Close-up on Dr. Einstein's face
106 0:58:55 Jonathan 2 Jonathan emerges from the shadows
107 1:00:36 Underscoring (Dark) Jonathan backs Elaine into a corner
108 conflict 1:01:21 Underscoring (Dramatic) They take Elaine into the cellar
109 1:01:40 Organ Stinger Aunts emerge in black upstairs
110 1:01:49 The Aunts Frightened Aunts talk to Jonathan
111 funeral 1:19:56 Happy Land Mortimer with the taxi driver
112 1:22:17 Happy Land Mortimer talking with Elaine through her window
113 advance plot 1:27:02 Symphony No. 5: I Teddy plays the bugle
114 conflict 1:29:57 Molto Agitato Jonathan ties Mortimer to a chair
115 1:30:11 The Victim Mortimer tied up in a chair
116 1:31:05 Knives Mortimer looks at the knives
117 1:31:48 Panic Einstein agrees to do the torture
118 1:32:11 Scar Fast Einstein finds some wine
119 1:32:25 How Dry I Am Mysterious Einstein and Jonathan start to drink the wine
120 1:32:35 Underscoring (Tense) They toast to Mortimer
121 1:32:56 Bugle Call Teddy plays the bugle
122 climax 1:49:14 Bugle Call Mortimer blows the bugle
123 1:50:41 Happy Land Mortimer sings
124 resolution 1:57:05 Happy Land The End Mortimer carries Elaine away
125 end title sequence 1:57:20 Happy Land March Cast list