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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 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Psychological terror distilled and made utterly palpable 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:
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)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 29, 1946 with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The gasolier in the foyer at the beginning of the movie is not the same one in the later scenes.See more »
Quotes:
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:
Referenced in "Sanford: Gaslight (#2.7)" (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23See more »

FAQ

Were the maids in on Gregory's plan to drive Paula insane?
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Psychological terror distilled and made utterly palpable, 13 April 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Gaslight (1944)

This is an uncharacteristic film for George Cukor, slipping sideways into Hitchcock turf for this period. Psychological suspense was never more focused, and less distracted, than you'll find in Gaslight however. You might find the plot too linear, to predictable overall, to be blown away, but in fact that's partly why the suspense works. As with great Hitchcock, you have a sense of where you going, and you want to stop it.

So we have Charles Boyer, smarmy, deceptive, and ultimately evil, leading his new wife down a path of mental anguish and, he hopes, madness. The wife is played with usual high stakes perfection by Ingrid Bergman (between her stunning roles in Casablanca and Spellbound). Cukor gets the most of her excesses, and her nuances. Boyer is more nuance, and is a perfect match. The movie is really about their back and forth, with Joseph Cotten making his appearance as a necessary line of safety and hope because we can't stand to see the woman go down without a fight.

Most of the film occurs in an old, lavishly decorated house, and the lights and camera-work are dreamy, dripping in rim light and shadow, in odd angles and closeups of their faces. It's quite an involving experience, and because you are limited to mostly these two characters, you get very intimate with them. Yes, the two maids are perfect, including a sassy Angela Lansbury in her first movie role. And the cop, too, is a classic bobby, handsome and cooperative.

The plot, alas, is the one weakness here. The man's obsession with gems is fair enough, but when we finally get to the attic, after many months of him being there searching for them, it's as if he's up there for the first time, opening drawers with cobwebs on them, scattering through drawers like a thief with five minutes and no more. It just undermines the whole premise of a man resolutely devoting his whole devious, murderous life to this one goal.

So forget the plot, exactly. It's a MacGuffin. The real movie is in the acting, the characters in their personal wringings out, and in how beautifully it is done.

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