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Director:
Writers:
John Van Druten (screenplay) &
Walter Reisch (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
May 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Strange drama of a captive sweetheart! See more »
Plot:
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Them there eyes See more (103 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Boyer ... Gregory Anton

Ingrid Bergman ... Paula Alquist

Joseph Cotten ... Brian Cameron

Dame May Whitty ... Miss Thwaites

Angela Lansbury ... Nancy
Barbara Everest ... Elizabeth
Emil Rameau ... Maestro Guardi
Edmund Breon ... General Huddleston
Halliwell Hobbes ... Mr. Muffin
Tom Stevenson ... Williams
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Dalroy
Lawrence Grossmith ... Lord Dalroy
Jakob Gimpel ... Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Adams ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lassie Lou Ahern ... Young Girl (uncredited)
John Ardizoni ... Cab Man (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Arnold Bennett ... Footman (uncredited)
Florence Benson ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Arthur Blake ... Butler (uncredited)
Lillian Bronson ... Lady (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Guide (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Antonio D'Amore ... Cab Man (uncredited)
Wynne Davis ... Singing Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Frank Eldredge ... Lamplighter (uncredited)
Maude Fealy ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Helen Flint ... Franchette (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Servant (uncredited)

Gary Gray ... Boy in Park with Nanny (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Stranger (uncredited)
Bobby Hale ... Lamplighter (uncredited)
Joy Harington ... Miss Laura Pritchard (uncredited)
Tom Hughes ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jack Kirk ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Pat Malone ... Policeman (uncredited)
Al Masiello ... Cab Man (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Wilkins (uncredited)

Terry Moore ... Paula Alquist - Age 14 (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Georgie Nokes ... Boy (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tarquin Olivier ... Boy in Museum (uncredited)
Elsie Prescott ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Joseph Romantini ... Cab Man (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Baggage Clerk (uncredited)
Arthur Stone ... Durkin (uncredited)
Alix Terry ... Girl (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Fred Garrett (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Valet (uncredited)
Eustace Wyatt ... Budge (uncredited)
Phyllis Yuse ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Guy Zanette ... Cab Man (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
John Van Druten (screenplay) &
Walter Reisch (screenplay) and
John L. Balderston (screenplay)

Patrick Hamilton (play "Angel Street")

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Irene (costume supervision)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Eddie Woehler .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Greenwood .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Ferrari .... associate art director
Paul Huldschinsky .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Joe Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Herwood Keyes .... associate costume supervisor (as Marion Herwood)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Webb .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano solos
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Pietro Cimini .... music technical advisor (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Nat W. Finston .... conductor (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Rosenstein .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ruth Roberts .... dialogue coach: Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)
David O. Selznick .... special advisor (uncredited)
Charles Walters .... dance director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David O. Selznick .... acknowledgment: Miss Bergman and Mr. Cotten through courtesy of
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:6 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #9800)

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Trivia:
The original Broadway stage play and source for the screen play was "Angel Street" by Patrick Hamilton which opened at the John Golden Theater on December 5, 1941 and ran for 1295 performances. The original stage cast included Leo G. Carroll, Vincent Price, and Judith Evelyn.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gregory tells Paula his watch is gone, their shoulder-to-shoulder position changes several times.See more »
Quotes:
Paula Alquist Anton:It isn't here, you must have dreamed you put it there. Are you suggesting that this is a knife I hold in my hand? Have you gone mad, my husband?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.31" (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
Die Fledermaus: WaltzSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
How did Brian Cameron recognize Gregory?
What is 'Gaslight' about?
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51 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Them there eyes, 6 November 2001
Author: Susan (srella) from New York

If you're looking for everything you've ever wanted to know about horror, mystery, depression, and suspense, go take a peek into Ingrid Bergman's eyes.

The actress -- who would soon become blacklisted after her marriage to Italian director Roberto Rossellini -- can convey every emotion and nuance of her character through her amazingly expressive eyes. Completely believable in George Cukor's Gaslight as a wife whose husband (Charles Boyer) is trying to make insane, Bergman can show you all her turmoil and emotional stress just by looking around.

The plot is simple, perhaps even arcane. A famous opera singer is murdered in London, leaving behind no motive, no clues, and Paula, the young niece who discovered the body. Paula is sent to Italy, where she, too, studies music, until she elopes with an older, dashing pianist (Boyer). He convinces her to move back to the exact same house where her aunt was murdered, where nothing has been changed in all those years. And, naturally, here is where the movie really begins.

Soon, her husband starts acting very strangely, and starts convincing her that she is very ill and unable to go out. Trapped in the house, alone with her husband, a somewhat-deaf cook, and a tart of a housekeeper, Paula soon starts to hear noises, see things, lose things, and even hide things. Or is she? Is she going mad? Or is her husband -- who she is supposed to love, honor, and obey -- making her mad?

The show is Bergman's to steal, and she does so with gusto, garnering an Oscar for her endeavor. With her performance, Bergman transforms the character of Paula Alquist from a weak, paranoid wimp of a wife into a woman struggling with her own identity and her role in marriage and society. Perhaps unintentionally, perhaps unwittingly, Bergman's Paula is a symbol and a superhero for all women trapped in an abusive marriage. Even today.

Granted, the story line is somewhat contrived, and one can't help but wonder how Paula never notices that her husband is completely evil BEFORE the marriage. Also, Joseph Cotten, as the Scotland Yard detective smitten with Paula's beauty, seems to come out of nowhere. Still, the acting prevails over the plot, and what better actor to come out of nowhere than Cotten? His charm and charisma make up for his character's two-dimensionality.

Although there are faults, Gaslight is an extraordinary film, generating its suspense not from an evil lurking in the shadows, but from the psychology of the mind itself. Perhaps one of the first "pure" psychological thrillers, Gaslight, just like Ingrid Bergman's eyes, contains the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and beauty.

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