- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 2, 2011
- Originally Released: 1944
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1944 -
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman
Academy Awards 1944 -
Best Interior Decoration (b&w)
USA Today - 02/06/2004
"[A] stylishly glossy psychological thriller."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/13/2004
"It's canny, gothic fun, helped along by Lansbury..."
Total Film - 04/01/2004
"Director George Cukor conjures up an oppressive atmosphere, both leads impress and a 19-year-old Angela Landsbury is suitably vile..."
Premiere - 06/01/2004
"[A] remarkable film....Bergman is simply stunning..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Academy Award-winning psychological thriller stars Oscar-winner Ingrid Bergman as a newlywed unaware that her seemingly charming husband, Charles Boyer is a crazed murderer. After they move into her family's Victorian mansion, he schemes to drive her insane while he searches for a hidden cache of rubies. Chilling and suspenseful, it was nominated for Best Picture and Script. Bergman earned a well-deserved Oscar for her performance as the vulnerable heroine. Boyer and teenage Angela Lansbury each received nominations.
Director George Cukor draws magnificent performances from his stars in this powerfully guided study in obsession. GASLIGHT is a suspenseful, atmospheric mystery that perfectly captures the smoky, smoggy feel of Victorian London. Ingrid Bergman won an Academy Award for her role as a wealthy socialite who marries a witty and charming sociopath; Oscar-nominated Charles Boyer is equally spellbinding in his role as her monstrous husband. When famous opera star Alice Alquist is murdered, Gregory Anton (Boyer), who hopes to steal the rare jewels the star has hidden, manages to court and marry the singer's niece, beautiful but naive Paula (Ingrid Bergman). His plan is to slowly drive his young wife insane so he can have free reign of the house that hides the precious jewels; however, a Scotland Yard detective takes a close interest in the couple. Under Cukor's tutelage, Angela Lansbury (of television's MURDER, SHE WROTE) made her debut as a flirtatious maid in a role that jump-started her career and landed her an Academy Award nomination at the tender age of 18. GASLIGHT is a classic, compelling film that is masterfully acted and directed.
Director George Cukor expertly captures the feel of brooding, foggy Victorian London in this atmospheric mystery. Innocent new bride Ingrid Bergman's husband, Charles Boyer, may have a dark past, and he may be trying to drive her insane to get his hands on her family's hidden wealth. The film features Angela Lansbury's (television's MURDER, SHE WROTE) cinematic debut; Bergman won an Oscar for her performance.
Essential Cinema |
Stage Play |
- Theatrical release: May 11, 1944.
- GASLIGHT is based on Patrick Hamilton's play; it was first made into a film in 1940. That version, produced in Britain and released under the title ANGEL STREET in the United States, starred Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard and Frank Pettingell. Thorold Dickinson directed.
- MGM bought the rights to ANGEL STREET and withdrew it from circulation.
- Producer David O. Selznick loaned Ingrid Bergman to MGM for the picture.
- GASLIGHT was the film debut for actress Angela Lansbury of television's MURDER, SHE WROTE.