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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.


Thorold Dickinson


Patrick Hamilton (from the stage play by), A.R. Rawlinson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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




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Release Date:

10 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murder in Thornton Square See more »

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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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Did You Know?


On December 8, 1945 Textron Theatre produced a 30 minute radio version of the original play by Patrick Hamilton and adapted by Robert Cenadella. It was for the CBS program, "Textron Theatre Starring Helen Hayes" and starred Boris Karloff, Helen Hayes and Cedric Hardwicke. See more »


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 »


Bella Mallen: The rubies. For one woman you killed her to get them, and for me you tried to kill my mind, tried to drive me insane.
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16 January 2004 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Viewed this film in 1944 and thought this was the one and only cast with Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten and Angela Lansbury. I found out later that Hollywood wanted the copies of 1940 Gaslight destroyed and not shown. Just recently I viewed the 1940 film and thought the entire plot and acting was better performed. Anton Walbrook,(Paul Mallen),"The Rat",'37, gave a more realistic performance as a mad man trying to obtain RUBIES and nearly drove everyone around him crazy. Diana Wynyard,(Bella Mallen),"An Ideal Husband",'47 gave a great performance without the beauty of Ingrid Bergman and the dull Charles Boyer. However, I only wish Angela Lansbury was in this version. The photography was fantastic and gave a great deal of realism to the entire picture.

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