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Gaslight (1944)




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This film tells the story of a beautiful, innocent woman who marries a charming man. However, the man tries to drive his new wife insane. Boasting a lavish, detailed production that perfectly re-creates the Victorian era, this film is one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Patrick Hamilton, A.R. Rawlinson, John Van Druten, Walter Reisch, John L. Balderston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004


Ingrid Bergman
as Paula Alquist
Charles Boyer
as Gregory Anton
Dame May Whitty
as Miss Thwaites
Angela Lansbury
as Nancy Oliver
Barbara Everest
as Elizabeth Tompkins
Emil Rameau
as Mario Gordi
Edmund Breon
as Gen. Huddleston
Edmond Bréon
as Gen. Huddleston
Halliwell Hobbes
as Mr. Mufflin
Tom Stevenson
as Williams
Heather Thatcher
as Lady Dalroy
Lawrence Grossmith
as Lord Dalroy
Jacob Gimpel
as Pianist
Terry Moore
as Paula (age 14)
Harry Adams
as Policeman
Wilson Benge
as Bit part
Bobby Hale
as Lamplighter
Leila Bennett
as Edna Hooper
Alix Terry
as Girl of Ten
Oliver Simon
as Boy in Museum
Alec Craig
as Turnkey
Maude Fealy
as Bit part
Pat Malone
as Policeman
Al Ferguson
as Bit part
Helen Flint
as Franchette
Joy Harrington
as Miss Pritchard
Si Jenks
as Uncle Billy
Phyllis Yuse
as Young Girl
Clive Morgan
as Bit part
Elsa Prescott
as Bit part
Morgan Wallace
as Fred Garrett
Guy Zanette
as Bit part
Sid Saylor
as Baggage Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Gaslight

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

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… | February 4, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Patrick Hamilton's London stage melodrama, is given an exciting screen treatment by Arthur Hornblow Jr's excellent production starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

Prepare yourselves rather for a lengthy and restless stretch on tenterhooks.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

It's a bit dated now, but still has much to offer, notably George Cukor's intelligent direction.

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
Radio Times

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… | February 4, 2014
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Gaslight


Bergman won an Oscar for her role but it was Boyer who should have won one for his meticulous performance as the mysterious husband (he was nominated for it, only), in a taut thriller where the tension is efficiently increased by an exemplary art direction and mise-en-scène.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Remakes are often (and righteously) seen as the blight of the film industry but that is not the case here in this elegant reworking of a lean and muscular Brit classic. Hollywood's magic is in hard evidence with better writing, camera work, lighting and sound than the original. And then there is the cast. A woman in a fashionable London townhouse, seemingly alone, cut off, in doubt of her own sanity, wonders if she's ruined what once seemed a happy marriage. Bergman won an Oscar, but everyone brings home the bacon here.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A very Hitchcockian thriller, if not close to the quality of the best movies by Hitchcock or his imitators. The plot (involving a woman who slowly seems to be losing her grip on reality...or is she?) probably was much more effective in 1944, now this kind of thing has been done so many times that it seems painfully transparent from the very beginning. Gaslight isn't a bad movie, but it lacks the timeless quality that makes so many classics as good today (or even better) than they were when they were made.

Kudos to Ingrid Bergman, though, who is mesmerizing in the last half of the movie. She's truly one of the greatest actresses of all time.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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