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Gaslight (1944)



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George Cukor's remake of the 1940 film Gaslight is the story of a beautiful, innocent woman (Ingrid Bergman) who marries a charming man (Charles Boyer) who tries to drive her insane. Boasting a lavish, detailed production that perfectly recreates the Victorian era, Gaslight is one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made, thanks to Bergman's stellar, Oscar-winning performance. Gaslight was later shown in a computer-colorized print.

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Ingrid Bergman
as Paula Alquist
Charles Boyer
as Gregory Anton
Dame May Whitty
as Miss Thwaites
Angela Lansbury
as Nancy Oliver
Barbara Everest
as Elizabeth Tompkins
Emil Rameau
as Mario Gordi
Edmund Breon
as Gen. Huddleston
Edmond Bréon
as Gen. Huddleston
Halliwell Hobbes
as Mr. Mufflin
Tom Stevenson
as Williams
Heather Thatcher
as Lady Dalroy
Lawrence Grossmith
as Lord Dalroy
Jacob Gimpel
as Pianist
Terry Moore
as Paula (age 14)
Harry Adams
as Policeman
Wilson Benge
as Bit part
Bobby Hale
as Lamplighter
Leila Bennett
as Edna Hooper
Alix Terry
as Girl of Ten
Oliver Simon
as Boy in Museum
Alec Craig
as Turnkey
Pat Malone
as Policeman
Maude Fealy
as Bit part
Al Ferguson
as Bit part
Helen Flint
as Franchette
Joy Harrington
as Miss Pritchard
Si Jenks
as Uncle Billy
Phyllis Yuse
as Young Girl
Clive Morgan
as Bit part
Elsa Prescott
as Bit part
Morgan Wallace
as Fred Garrett
Guy Zanette
as Bit part
Syd Saylor
as Baggage Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Gaslight

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

There's more enjoyment to be gained from seeing the picture with little advance preparation.

November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a superbly creepy thriller, with universal themes...An essential movie in anyone's canon.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Direction by George Cukor is ever a display of fine craftsmanship. He utilizes small mosaics of sharp characterization in building to his climax and works in each facet faultlessly. This is the job for which Cukor admirers have been waiting.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

This 1944 film is one of the few psychological thrillers that is genuinely psychological, depending on subtle clues -- a gesture, an intonation -- to thought and character.

February 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Brilliant classic of mind-game suspense.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Patrick Hamilton's London stage melodrama, is given an exciting screen treatment by Arthur Hornblow Jr's excellent production starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gaslight


Bergman won an Oscar for her role but it was Boyer who should have won many for his meticulous performance as the mysterious husband (he was nominated, though) in this taut thriller whose tension is increased by an exemplary art direction and mise-en-scène.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Remakes are often (and righteously) seen as the blight of the film industry but that is not the case here in this elegant reworking of a lean and muscular Brit classic. Hollywood's magic is in hard evidence with better writing, camera work, lighting and sound than the original. And then there is the cast. A woman in a fashionable London townhouse, seemingly alone, cut off, in doubt of her own sanity, wonders if she's ruined what once seemed a happy marriage. Bergman won an Oscar, but everyone brings home the bacon here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A very Hitchcockian thriller, if not close to the quality of the best movies by Hitchcock or his imitators. The plot (involving a woman who slowly seems to be losing her grip on reality...or is she?) probably was much more effective in 1944, now this kind of thing has been done so many times that it seems painfully transparent from the very beginning. Gaslight isn't a bad movie, but it lacks the timeless quality that makes so many classics as good today (or even better) than they were when they were made. Kudos to Ingrid Bergman, though, who is mesmerizing in the last half of the movie. She's truly one of the greatest actresses of all time.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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