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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.

Director:

Thorold Dickinson

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

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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A melodrama of a strange love! See more »

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Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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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 »

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The closeup of the map in the real estate agent's office bears no resemblance to the full map shown, as the camera pans back. See more »

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Another song at Cadbury Music Hall: The boy I love is up in the gallery, / The boy I love is looking down at me...
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The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery
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Written by George Ware
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Better thrills than Bergman
1 May 2002 | by jerseyman1949See all my reviews

The later version is Hollywood English, which I sometimes think is a downtown section of Hollywood Transylvanian. Believe me, the original is the real thing, from the small details up to the social assumptions: it's recognisably English. As such, the thriller is grounded in a reality that the later version can never have. And so it's scary! Of course, I admit that this justification of the original might be a lot less convincing if you're reading my words on the other side of the world...

As for the difficulty of getting hold of a copy, well every few years it's shown on one TV station or another over here, so there has to be a good copy somewhere out there.


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