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#179. Gaslight

  • Year: 1944
  • Country: USA
  • Production: MGM, 114m B&W
  • Director: George Cukor
  • Producer: Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
  • Screenplay: John Van Druten, Walter Reisch, John L. Balderston, from the play by Patrick Hamilton
  • Photography: Joseph Ruttenberg
  • Music: Bronislaw Kaper
  • Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton, Dame May Whitty, Angela Lansbury
  • Oscar Wins: Best Actress, Best Art Direction
  • Oscar Noms: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography

Abridged Book Description

George Cukor's Hollywood version of an earlier British gothic romance is heavy on threatening atmosphere, with a spine-chilling thriller plot... While Gaslight's plot is somewhat thin, Cukor draws fine performances from an ensemble cast, including newcomer Angela Lansbury as a saucy servant who, like everything and everyone else in the house, seems to be plotting against its ostensible mistress. With its evocation of persecution and paranoia, Gaslight makes an elegant period-piece companion to the film noir series then featured by Hollywood.