Gaslight

1944

Gaslight

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Total Count: 28

90%

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George Cukor's remake of the 1940 film Gaslight is the story of a beautiful, innocent woman (Ingrid Bergman) who marries a charming man (Charles Boyer) who tries to drive her insane. Boasting a lavish, detailed production that perfectly recreates the Victorian era, Gaslight is one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made, thanks to Bergman's stellar, Oscar-winning performance. Gaslight was later shown in a computer-colorized print.

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Cast

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
Pat Malone
as Policeman
Maude Fealy
as Bit part
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
Syd Saylor
as Baggage Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Gaslight

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

  • It's a superbly creepy thriller, with universal themes...An essential movie in anyone's canon.

    Sep 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…
    Hollywood Reporter
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 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…

    Variety Staff

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

    Mar 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | 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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