Gaslight (1940)

Gaslight

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The 1940 British production of Gaslight was the first of two cinematic adaptations of Patrick Hamilton's play. Oozing faux continental charm, Anton Walbrook inveigles his way into the confidence of the young mistress (Diana Wynyard) of a large Victorian mansion. Walbrook is searching for the rubies that he'd stolen from the previous owner of the house -- whom he'd also murdered. Suspecting that Wynyard is about to catch on to his secret, Walbrook enlists the aid of a sluttish maidservant to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Hamilton, Bridget Boland, A.R. Rawlinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 2007
Runtime:
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as Paul Mallen

as Bella Mallen

as B.G. Rough

as Vincent Ullswater

as Elizabeth

as Lady Winterbourne

as Alice Barlow

as Chairman

as House Agent
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Critic Reviews for Gaslight

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The first, British version of Patrick Hamilton's popular play, is extremely well acted by Diana Wynyard and Anton Walbrook, but Cukor's MGM version, with Osar-winning Ingrid Bergman, is superior.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

So much goes right in this film version, all without sparking a corresponding bump in my enthusiasm, that it's all the more obvious that I find some foundations of this text perennially problematic.

Full Review… | January 16, 2012
Nick's Flick Picks

The husband is played by Anton Walbrook, who is far more sinister and emotionless than Charles Boyer would be in the later version.

Full Review… | February 10, 2004
Movie Metropolis

February 25, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

June 26, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Gaslight

½

A townhouse in 19th Century London with a past: there was a woman murdered there years ago and the murderer never caught. The new couple there should be happy, but the young wife ... troubled. Hears things, sees things, its too bad really. With women as the target audience there's still enough in this strange, brooding gothic tale to please everyone, and was good enough to be remade by Hollywood a scant 4 years later. All the meat's still here in the original, more direct version.

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

Not bad version of classic story but missing the mystique and chemistry of the Ingrid Bergman/Charles Boyer take of the same story. Part of the problem is that Walbrook is too obviously cruel and twisted right from the start instead of the more subtle approach taken by Boyer. Also while Diana Wynyrd was a fine actress she did not have the star charisma of Bergman which pulled you into the heroine's dilemma.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

MGM famously tried to destroy this film's negatives so it wouldn't compete with its own 1944 remake starring Charles Boyer and Angela Lansbury. Good thing they didn't, because we wouldn't have the great fortunate of watching the darker side of Anton Walbrook. His villainy may be a little over-the-top, but he does it with such conviction, commitment, and stature that I bought it 100%. If that isn't a testament to how great of an actor he was, I don't know what is.

JonathanHutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

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