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Gaslight

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1944
  • George Cukor
  • 108 mins
  • PG

Summary

Melodrama starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten. A young bride returns to live in the house where her aunt was murdered. Under the influence of this mysterious atmosphere and her husband's sinister behaviour, she begins to doubt her sanity.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Ingrid Bergman won her first best actress Oscar for her performance in this menacing melodrama, as the socialite slowly being driven mad by suave husband Charles Boyer. This famous tale, originally a Patrick Hamilton stage success called Angel Street, was actually released in Britain as The Murder in Thornton Square, to avoid confusion with the equally famous 1940 British version with Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard. MGM actually tried to suppress the first film when it remade it as this super glossy Bergman vehicle. It's a bit dated now, but still has much to offer, notably George Cukor's intelligent direction, which, when combined with production designer Cedric Gibbons's terrific Victorian setting (the interior decoration won an Oscar), offers the radiant Bergman an opportunity that she seizes with both hands.

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Credits

Cast

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Gregory AntonCharles Boyer
Paula AlquistIngrid Bergman
Brian CameronJoseph Cotten
Miss ThwaitesDame May Whitty
Nancy OliverAngela Lansbury
Elizabeth TompkinsBarbara Everest
BudgeEustace Wyatt
Maestro GuardiEmil Rameau
General HuddlestonEdmund Breon
Mr MufflinHalliwell Hobbes
WilliamsTom Stevenson
Lady DalroyHeather Thatcher
Lord DalroyLawrence Grossmith
PianistJakob Gimpel

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Cukor

Details

Languages
English | Italian
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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