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Gaslight Reviews

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June 8, 2015
s a timid woman going insane or is her husband trying to make her think she is? This moody old school thriller works because the actors are so good at conveying evil cloaked in British geniality
May 7, 2015
Cukor's later Hollywood version tries to make Patrick Hamilton's celebrated stage play a whodunnit. Dickinson's earlier British version wisely concentrates on the psychological cruelty and chauvinism. Marvellously acted and photographed, and surprisingly short. Walbrook offers another fine study in buttoned-up insanity.
April 26, 2015
Good but pales next to the 1944 version
February 16, 2015
7.8/10

~February 15, 2015~
September 18, 2014
wow.....thrillling....classics....man i have just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a great movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that anton walbrook (.R.I.P.), diana wynyard (.R.I.P.), frank pettingell (.R.I.P.), cathleen cordell (.R.I.P.), robert newton (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....i think that the director of this drama/mystery/suspense/classics movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.....i think that this is such a classics movie 2 watch, its got a fantastic cast throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch......



The psychological term gaslighting, which describes a form of psychological abuse in which the victim is gradually manipulated into doubting his or her own reality, originated from the play and its two film adaptations




Encouraged by the success of the play and film, MGM bought the remake rights, but with a clause insisting that all existing prints of Dickinson's version be destroyed, even to the point of trying to destroy the negative, so that it would not compete with their more highly publicized 1944 film starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, and Joseph Cotten.

Time Out wrote, "Nothing like as lavish as the later MGM version ... But in its own small-scale way a superior film by far. Lurking menace hangs in the air like a fog, the atmosphere is electric, and Wynyard suffers exquisitely as she struggles to keep dementia at bay. It's hardly surprising that MGM tried to destroy the negative of this version when they made their own five years later."




the film adheres more closely to the original play upon which it is based - Patrick Hamilton's Gas Light (1938) - than the better-known 1944 MGM adaptation. The play had been shown on Broadway as Angel Street, so when the film was released in the United States it was given the same name. According to the TCM database, it has also been released in the UK as A Strange Case of Murder.




i think that both Anton Walbrook as Paul Mallen, Diana Wynyard as Bella Mallen, were absolutley fantastic throughout this movie in the lead roles of the married couple throughout this movie....man this is such a fantastic thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie....man this is such a fantastic movie 2 watch....it is so so so fantastic movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.....
September 1, 2014
Good performances, but I prefer the 1944 version as it is more suspenseful.
July 6, 2014
I really loved this British film without knowing there is a better american version that came 4 years later. Based on a play this psychological thriller takes you from being not sure who of the troubled couple to believe to being very sympathetic to the victim. Anton Walbrook is a great very hateable villain to the torment and innocents in Diana Wynyards eyes. Lots of very clever set pieces in this film even though many, such as the gaslight, are from a bygone era. Great plot, well acted and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
½ July 5, 2013
Nice to see the original and where the remake and the phrase came from.
March 16, 2013
A heiress is brought to madness by his scheming, jewel-hungry husband. First film version of the 'Angel Street' play by Patrick Hamilton set in a Victorian London. A solid thriller with compelling dramatic undertones coated in powerful domestic mystery.
½ February 3, 2013
This film's strongest aspect is Anton Walbrook's menacing portrayal. However, the 1944 remake is more successful at executing certain plot details (the brooch for example) with more plausibility. Also, Bergman's and Lansbury's acting abilities far surpass those of the original female leads.
½ November 17, 2012
If you think Hollywood remakes of ridiculously recent films is a modern innovation, well, you're wrong. Witness the British 1940 Gaslight, which MGM famously buried to promote its 1944 remake directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.

Unfortunately, this Gaslight does suffer in comparison to the later polished Hollywood production. The plot lacks the more interesting plot complications of the remake, and while some might call it streamlined, to be honest, the film's first hour drags considerably. Anton Walbrook portrays a certain strain of misogyny well, but the unambiguity of his performance hurts the movie overall. Diana Wynard is decent if brittle, and simply doesn't measure up to Bergman in one of her most iconic roles.

The premise of "Gaslight" is quite compelling-- there's a reason it's entered the modern parlance to describe a particular phenomenom of psychological torture-- but in this adaptation the horror of being made to go mad hasn't quite ... bloomed yet.
August 28, 2012
Pales in comparison to George Cukor's remake but is still pretty damn entertaining in its own right.
July 22, 2012
It's a frame for how all mysteries should be.
July 12, 2012
One of the classic 40's films.
June 12, 2012
The 1944 American version is the better known one, but this original British production is tighter and plays the suspense very well.

Grade: B
June 8, 2012
different spin on this but i prefer the ingrid bergman verson
Super Reviewer
May 20, 2012
An interesting British thriller that isn't great but does possess one great performance from Walbrook as the evil husband. I'd already seen a stage version and so knew what to expect but the film surprised me in its brutality (the strangulation of an old woman in the first few minutes) and its morally ambiguous characters.
Super Reviewer
½ May 9, 2012
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.
April 24, 2012
I had never heard of the play nor seen the 1944 version, so had nothing to compare it with. I found it quite enjoyable, but the plot felt a little bit thin for some reason.
½ April 22, 2012
Possibly the first ever psychological thriller and set the benchmark for all those that followed. Very good indeed!!
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