Gaslight 1944

Gaslight

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After the death of her famous opera-singing aunt, Paula (Ingrid Bergman) is sent to study in Italy to become a great opera singer as well. While there, she falls in love with the charming Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). The two return to London, and Paula begins to notice strange goings-on: missing pictures, strange footsteps in the night and gaslights that dim without being touched. As she fights to retain her sanity, her new husband's intentions come into question.

Cast & Crew

Charles Boyer
Gregory Anton
Ingrid Bergman
Paula Alquist
Joseph Cotten
Brian Cameron
Dame May Whitty
Miss Thwaites
Angela Lansbury
Nancy Oliver
Terry Moore
Paula, age 14
Patrick Hamilton
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Bronislau Kaper
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Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Ralph E. Winters
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Cedric Gibbons
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Critic Reviews for Gaslight

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (4)

  • There's more enjoyment to be gained from seeing the picture with little advance preparation.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a superbly creepy thriller, with universal themes...An essential movie in anyone's canon.

    September 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Direction by George Cukor is ever a display of fine craftsmanship. He utilizes small mosaics of sharp characterization in building to his climax and works in each facet faultlessly. This is the job for which Cukor admirers have been waiting.

    May 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

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

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gaslight

  • Feb 28, 2017
    Charles Boyer is deliciously creepy and evil in this psychological thriller from 1944, and Ingrid Bergman plays the part of his young wife well, slowly tricked into believing she's losing her mind. Joseph Cotten is her knight in shining armor, and Angela Lansbury makes the most of a small part in her very first film role at the age of 18, as the somewhat flirtatious young maid in the house, and we wonder if she has a role in the scheming that's going on. I loved how Director George Cukor made the film as claustrophobic as Bergman feels herself, by keeping most of the scenes indoor amidst dark lighting and shadows, and outdoor scenes enveloped in London fog. It's quite atmospheric. The movie seems to lack tension towards the middle, when everyone knows what's going on - what Boyer is doing and how he is doing it (which is a bit of a weakness) - but it ends very well, with some scenes that may have you on the edge of your seat.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2014
    Bergman won an Oscar for her role but it was Boyer who should have won many for his meticulous performance as the mysterious husband (he was nominated, though) in this taut thriller whose tension is increased by an exemplary art direction and mise-en-scène.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2013
    A nicely drawn out suspense that still thrills. The horrible subtext works well with Bergman and Boyer. Likely inspired later Hitchcock works.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2013
    If it weren't for its cinematography and the performances of Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, "Gaslight" would be another run-of-the-mill noir. George Cukor isn't any Hitchcock, but he directs suspense quite well, and Joseph Cotten proves himself to be one of the most underappreciated actors of all time with another one of his classically understated performance.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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