Gaslight (1944)Director: George Cukor
Ingrid Bergman won her first of three Oscars for this suspense thriller, crafted with surprising tautness by normally genteel "women's picture" director George Cukor. Bergman stars as Paula Alquist, a late 19th century English singer studying music in Italy. However, Paula abandons her studies because she's fallen in love with dapper, handsome Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). The couple marries and returns to the U.K. and a home inherited by Paula from her aunt, herself a famous singer, who was mysteriously murdered in the house ten years before. Once they have moved in, Gregory, who is in reality a jewel thief and the murderer of Paula's aunt, launches a campaign of terror designed to drive his new bride insane. Though Paula is certain that she sees the house's gaslights dim every evening and that there are strange noises coming from the attic, Gregory convinces Paula that she's imagining things. Gregory's efforts to make Paula unstable are aided by an impertinent maid, Nancy (teenager Angela Lansbury in her feature film debut). Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard inspector, Brian Cameron (Joseph Cotton), becomes suspicious of Gregory and sympathetic to Paula's plight.
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Cast & Crew
|Charles Boyer||Gregory Anton|
|Ingrid Bergman||Paula Alquist|
|Joseph Cotten||Brian Cameron|
|May Whitty||Miss Thwaites|
|Angela Lansbury||Nancy Oliver|
|Barbara Everest||Elizabeth Tompkins|
|Terry Moore||Paula, age 14|
|Emil Rameau||Maestro Guardi|
|Edmund Breon||Gen. Huddleston|
|Halliwell Hobbes||Mr. Mufflin|
|Heather Thatcher||Lady Dalroy|
|Lawrence Grossmith||Lord Dalroy|
|Joy Harrington||Miss Pritchard|
|Wilson Benge||Bit part|
|Leila Bennett||Edna Hooper|
|Maude Fealy||Bit part|
|Al Ferguson||Bit part|
|Si Jenks||Uncle Billy|
|Clive Morgan||Bit part|
|Elsa Prescott||Bit part|
|Morgan Wallace||Fred Garrett|
|Guy Zanette||Bit part|
|George Nokes||Bit part|
|Sid Saylor||Baggage Clerk|
|John L. Balderston||Screenwriter|
|William Ferrari||Art Director|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Jack Greenwood||Asst. Director|
|Paul Huldschinsky||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bronislau Kaper||Score Composer|
|Marion Herwood Keyes||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Warren Newcombe||Special Effects|
|Irene Sharaff||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Van Druten||Screenwriter|
|Edwin B. Willis||Set Decoration/Design|
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This was a great thriller, plenty of suspense and mystery to keep you intrigued. Darkness brings out the "demons" hidden during the daylight hours that only come up when the gaslight is turned on. Turn off all the lights, but first get your popcorn or other movie snack, sit back and get ready for the suspense attack. This movie has plenty of spills and chills to keep you watching. Ingrid Bergman was wonderful as the tortured spouse and Angela Lansbury assisted the protagonist to be believable. After watching this, for a few laughs you may want to watch the 1930 movie "The Cuckoos." It is the story of two tramps that become "fortune tellers" and are trying to solve a kidnapping. Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey were a riot, great laughs and fun entertainment.
Gaslight is a classic Starring Ingrid Bergman she is one of the best actors of all time. She has starred in Casa Blanca another all time classic that will never die. Her endless charm will always be.
wonder why they can't make more movies like the old ones. Classy actors without using obscene language etc.
Ingrid Bergman is a favorite of mine, and absolutely shines in this 1944 thriller. Miss Bergman plays Paula Alquist, who is sent to Italy as a young girl after the famous aunt she is living with is murdered. A would-be singer who realizes she dosen't posess the talent of her late aunt, Paula forsakes her music teacher to marry the handsome, but vague Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). They eventually marry & move into the house of her late aunt, where Gregory tries to slowly drive her insane by mind tricks and isolation. Joseph Cotton enters as Brian Cameron, a Scotland Yard detective who becomes Paula's trusted ally. Filled with lots of intrigue and suspense, this movie is a must for those who desire a pure and untainted thriller. This movie is in my top 5 all time favorites.
George Cukor, whose name is synonymous with so-called women's movies directed this tightly knit psychological Victorian gem of a thriller. On the surface it is not a complicated premise. Young Paula Alquist, played by beautiful Ingrid Bergman is sent away Italy to finish her schooling after her famous aunt is found murdered in her home. The murderer was never found. Nor were the jewels she was rumored to have. Fast forward years later. Paula has fallen in love with charming and dashing Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). She marries Anton and they return to her aunt's house which is now Paula's by inheritance. Paula cannot see it, but the audience sees that her husband's charm is quickly fading as he isolates her from their social circle under the guise that she is ill and cannot see anyone. He manipulates her to the point that she is fears that she is losing her mind. The viewer watches Ingrid Bergman's character change from an intelligent, secure young woman to a paranoid recluse slowly being driven mad by her husband who skillfully controls her mind. By now we have learned that it is no coincidence that Gregory Anton, met, married and convinced Paula to return to London to live in her former home. He is determined to continue his search for the jewels which was interrupted by Alice Alquist years ago. As Paula struggles with her sanity, she has no one to turn to for help until an inquisitive neighbor, Miss Thwaites (Dame May Witty) elicits help from Brian Cameron (Joseph Cotton) who happens to be a Scotland Yard detective. Cameron has his own reasons for being curious about the never seen Paula Alquist. Be sure to watch for a very young Angela Lansbury as the cute tartish young maid who has eyes for Boyer. Gaslight is one for those movies that you can again and again and still have it give you the shivers as you watch Boyer skillfully and cunningly drive his wife to the brink of insanity. But Bergman's revenge is sweet. A brilliant movie. Vannie(~.~)
This film stars Charles Boyer as a man who tries to drive his wife (Ingrid Bergman) insane, in order to find jewels hidden in their London home. Ingrid Bergman won an academy award for her superb performance. Also stars Joseph Cotten as an investigator and Angela Lansbury as the impudent young maid. This film is strongly recommended!
I am going to make you believe that you are mad and then push you over the edge of sanity. With those intensions, Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer) sets out to destroy his wife, Paula's (Ingrid Bergman) mental stability in 'Gaslight'(1944). Greg's reasoning? ¿ Paula¿s dead aunt, his former lover, has hidden a fortune in jewels somewhere in the house which Paula now owns. I suppose Greg could have just sent Paula to the music hall to get her out of the way, but then the prospects for high melodrama and intense suspense wouldn¿t have been nearly as diabolical or as fun. The film opens on one of MGM¿s spooky and unsettling soundstages, gussied up to look like a typical English square. From one of the brownstones a distraught Paula is taken away, having just discovered her aunt¿s horribly mangled body inside. In a state of shock, Paula is sent to Florence where she falls in love with a piano player, Gregory Anton. The two married. Returning to London, Paula and Gregory set up housekeeping in her aunt¿s old house. However, not long afterward Paula begins to become increasingly absentminded ¿ or does she. Priceless antiques are moved, paintings are switched on the walls and a broach belonging to Gregory¿s mother vanishes without a trace. Gregory, growing increasingly impatient with Paula¿s emerging psychosis (actually he¿s upset how long its taking to drive her crazy), leaves her alone each night, presumably to go off and paint portraits (his profession). Actually, he sneaks around the back of their house, reentering from an adjacent attic into theirs to search for the aunt¿s missing jewels. The tap, tap, tapping on Paula¿s bedroom ceiling and the sudden lowering of gaslights are attributed to figments of Paula¿s growing mental instability. To create further doubt, paranoia and suspicion, Gregory hires an upstairs maid, the saucy Nancy (Angela Lansbury in an Oscar nominated role) who delights at taunting Paula with coy flirtations toward Gregory. Deception never looked so good. The melodrama is first rate and the performances will have you applauding in your seat. Joseph Cotten costars as the police investigator who does not believe that all of the mysteries inside Gregory¿s home can be attributed to Paula¿s failing mental health. The transfer is rather disappointing. Though the gray scale is very nicely balanced with black levels that are solid and contrast levels that are fully realized, nothing can eclipse the distracting shimmering effects and edge enhancement that plague many of the scenes throughout this film. Fine details uncontrollably shimmer and thoroughly distract in spots. The audio is sharp and well balanced. As part of the extras we are given the original 1940 British version of 'Gaslight' that, I must tell you, is just as compelling as MGM's remake. In comparing the two versions, MGM¿s obvious attention to ultra high gloss glamour becomes instantly obvious. So does the fact that director, George Cukor managed to create an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia in the remake that works well with the subject matter but is wholly lacking in the original. The transfer elements for the British version are much poorer than one might expect but they are by no means awful - leaving you with twice as much sinister fun on this double feature. Contrast and shadows on the British original are poorly balanced but there appears to be no aliasing, shimmering or edge enhancement employed for a far more smooth presentation. There's also a new retro-documentary on both versions that is generally compelling if all too short.