A newlywed is unaware that her seemingly charming husband is a crazed murderer.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 2, 2011
- Originally Released: 1944
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
- PCM Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman & Joseph Cotten|
|Performer:||Angela Lansbury, May Whitty, Edmund Breon, Halliwell Hobbes & Barbara Everest|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Edited by||Ralph E. Winters|
|Screenplay by||John Van Druten, Walter Reisch & John L. Balderston|
|Composition by||Bronislau Kaper|
|Story by||Patrick Hamilton|
|Produced by||Arthur Hornblow, Jr.|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph Ruttenberg|
Academy Awards 1944 - Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman
Academy Awards 1944 - Best Interior Decoration (b&w)
Prepare yourselves rather for a lengthy and restless stretch on tenterhooks. Full Review
New York Times
It's canny, gothic fun, helped along by Lansbury...
This 1944 film is one of the few psychological thrillers that is genuinely psychological, depending on subtle clues -- a gesture, an intonation -- to thought and character. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- George Cukor conjures up an oppressive atmosphere... But it's not quite enough to cover up the script's yawning gaps in logic. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir. Full Review
[A] remarkable film....Bergman is simply stunning...
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Director George Cukor successfully implements the proper atmosphere of claustrophobia and dread, aided by Joseph Ruttenberg's camerawork and the Oscar-winning set design. Full Review
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.
- 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.