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Gaslight -- Ingrid Bergman stars in this classic thriller as a devoted bride whosegroom is trying to make her insane as part of his plot to murder her.
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John Van Druten (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
May 1944 (USA) See more »
Strange drama of a captive sweetheart! See more »
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 »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A good suspense film that could have been great. See more (107 total) »


  (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)
Bobbie 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
Edward 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)
David O. Selznick .... acknowledgment: Miss Bergman and Mr. Cotten through courtesy of
Crew verified as complete

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | 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)

Did You Know?

Both Irene Dunne and Hedy Lamarr turned down the chance to play Paula.See more »
Continuity: When Williams arrives at Cameron's house, Cameron asks his butler to bring another cup; shortly thereafter, Cameron is already pouring Williams coffee in a cup but the butler never returned.See more »
Paula Alquist Anton:If I were not mad, I could have helped you. Whatever you had done, I could have pitied and protected you. But because I am mad, I hate you. Because I am mad, I have betrayed you. And because I'm mad, I'm rejoicing in my heart, without a shred of pity, without a shred of regret, watching you go with glory in my heart!See more »
Movie Connections:
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34 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A good suspense film that could have been great., 19 August 1999
Author: Daniel R. Baker from United States

Ingrid Bergman plays Paula, an orphaned Victorian-era Londoner whose opera-singer aunt is murdered at the beginning of the movie. She moves to Italy to follow in her aunt's footsteps as a diva, but falls in love and returns to London with her new husband (Boyer) to live in her aunt's empty house. There, she becomes the victim of a carefully-orchestrated campaign to drive her insane.

GASLIGHT is richly atmospheric, mostly well-acted, and beautifully photographed. There are chills aplenty as seemingly innocent people grow progressively creepier, and the movie is well-paced with each successive scene increasing Paula's terror. The climax is tense and has a certain poetic justice to it.

The chief flaw in the movie is that we are clearly shown from the beginning that Paula is the victim of a third party and is not insane. Thus we cannot share the doubts and terror that she feels. We are not, like her, wondering if we can trust our senses, but merely wondering who is doing this to her. And the latter question isn't very challenging to answer. With a little more subtlety, Cukor could have left us as much in the dark as Paula about why she is experiencing so many strange phenomena, and made this effective little film into a true masterwork of suspense. As it is, GASLIGHT is good, but fails to achieve its potential to match such classics as REBECCA or VERTIGO.

Bergman and Boyer make a very dynamic on-screen duo. The film does suffer from Joseph Cotten, whose apple-pie American accent makes for a very unconvincing Scotland Yard inspector. Angela Lansbury is delightfully saucy in her film debut as a Cockney maidservant. Dame May Whitty provides effective comic relief.

GASLIGHT is well worth a rental at any price, so long as your expectations aren't overly high.

Rating: *** (out of ****).

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