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Overview

Gaslight

The 1940 British production of Gaslight was the first of two cinematic adaptations of Patrick Hamilton's play. Oozing faux continental charm, Anton Walbrook inveigles his way into the confidence of the young mistress (Diana Wynyard) of a large Victorian mansion. Walbrook is searching for the rubies that he'd stolen from the previous owner of the house -- whom he'd also murdered. Suspecting that Wynyard is about to catch on to his secret, Walbrook enlists the aid of a sluttish maidservant to drive his loving bride crazy. The ploy almost works, but Wynyard is rescued by an unexpected ally. Gaslight was released in the U.S. as Murder in Thornton Square, then withdrawn entirely on the occasion of MGM's expensive 1944 remake of Gaslight, which starred Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. To avoid confusion, MGM allegedly ordered that all prints of the original Gaslight be destroyed. Evidently that order was not honored to the letter, since the 1940 Gaslight is still safely available for both theatrical and TV exhibition.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2015
UPC: 0644827132126
Original Release: 1940
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 8,210

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anton Walbrook Paul Mallen
Diana Wynyard Bella Mallen
Frank Pettingell Rough
Cathleen Cordell Nancy
Robert Newton Vincent Ullswater
Jimmy Hanley Cobb
Minnie Rayner Elizabeth
Mary Hinton Lady Winterbourne
Marie Wright Alice Barlow
Jack Barty Chairman of Music Hall
Darrnora Ballet Actor
Aubrey Dexter House Agent

Technical Credits
Thorold Dickinson Director
Richard Addinsell Score Composer
Bridget Boland Screenwriter
Sidney Cole Editor
John Corfield Producer
Cyril Knowles Camera Operator
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
George Pollock Asst. Director
A.R. Rawlinson Screenwriter
Richard Vernon Associate Producer

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