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Gaslight (1940)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 10 November 1952 (USA)
Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden.

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Thorold Dickinson

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Patrick Hamilton (from the stage play by), A.R. Rawlinson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Anton Walbrook ... Paul Mallen
Diana Wynyard ... Bella Mallen
Frank Pettingell ... Rough
Cathleen Cordell ... Nancy
Robert Newton ... Ullswater
Jimmy Hanley ... Cobb
Minnie Rayner ... Elizabeth
Marie Wright Marie Wright ... Alice Barlow
Aubrey Dexter ... House Agent
Mary Hinton Mary Hinton ... Lady Winterbourne
Angus Morrison Angus Morrison ... Pianist
Jack Barty Jack Barty ... Chairman of Music Hall
The Darmora Ballet The Darmora Ballet ... Dancers
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Twenty years ago, old Mrs. Barlow was killed in her home at 12, Pimlico Square for her priceless rubies. The murderer searched the whole house without finding them, then disappeared. The house has been empty since then, but now Paul and Bella Mallen move into the apartment. Bella Mallen suffers from forgetfulness and nervousness - at least that is what her husband tells her. An elderly horse wrangler, B.G. Rough worked as a policeman twenty years ago and still remembers the unsolved case. He notices that Mr. Mallen looks just like Louis Barre, Mrs. Barlow's nephew. And why does Mr. Mallen mysteriously leave every night just to go into the apartment next door, no. 14? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Patrick Hamilton's famous play brought to the screen - thrill by thrill as only the British know how! See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murder in Thornton Square See more »

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Production Co:

British National Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play, "Gas Light", opened in London on 31 January 1939. See more »

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After the cousin is forced out at the first visit, Bella and Paul are talking. Her hands are in her lap, but then right hand jumps to neck/face. See more »

Quotes

Paul Mallen: The rubies, Bella, give me the rubies.
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Just as good--if not better--than the 1944 remake
2 November 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

It's easy to see why MGM locked this away in their vaults when they issued their 1944 remake--it's really great!

An evil crook (Anton Walbrook) slowly tries to drive his wife (Diana Wynyard) mad for some jewels.

This isn't as lush as the remake, but it more than makes up for it in other departments. For one thing--it's shorter by about 30 minutes and there's no romantic interlude at the beginning. This one starts dark and gets darker. Walbrook is frightening as the husband--much better than Charles Boyer in the remake. The scenes where he yells at his wife had me jumping. Wynyard is great as his fragile wife. She doesn't go into hysterics and chew the scenery like Ingrid Bergman did--she plays it calmly and quietly and very very realistically. Her final confrontation with her husband was just great. Also Cathleen Cordell is lots of fun as Nancy, the parlor maid. In the remake she was played by Angela Landsbury (in her film debut). Surprisingly, Cordell is better than Landsbury!

The remake copied this film virtually scene by scene--and suffers somewhat by comparison. It added on the unnecessary romantic subplot with Joseph Cotton. Thankfully, there's nothing like that here. This just grips you from the very beginning and doesn't let go.

Both movies are great but this one is marginally better. Very recommended.


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