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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 ... Lady Winterbourne
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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Patrick Hamilton's famous play brought to the screen - thrill by thrill as only the British know how! See more »

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Thriller

Certificate:

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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Trivia

The original play, "Gas Light", opened in London on 31 January 1939. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bella Mallen: Why did you ever marry me?
Paul Mallen: When I married you, you were normal, at least I thought you were.
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Version of ITV Play of the Week: Gaslight (1960) See more »

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It's Very Aggravating
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Written by J. Williams and G.W. Hunt
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Claustrophobic and Machiavellian Psychological Thriller
10 August 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In London, at Pimlico Square 12, the ancient lady Alice Barlow (Marie Wright) is brutally killed and her famous rubies miss. Because of the murder, the house stays empty for twenty years, when Paul Mallen (Anton Walbrook) and his sick wife Bella (Diana Wynyard) move to the place. Bella apparently had a nervous breakdown, having problems with her memory and becoming kleptomaniac. When the retired policeman B.G. Rough (Frank Pettingell) sees Paul Mallen on the street, he immediately recognizes him as being Louis Bauer, the nephew and killer of Alice Barlow. He decides to find evidences to prove that Paul and Louis are the same man, while Bella is being driven mad and menaced of being interned in an asylum by her husband.

"Gaslight" is a very claustrophobic and Machiavellian psychological thriller, in a bourgeois pre-industrial revolution London with an abusive exploitation of the proletariat. Anton Walbrook performs one of the most despicable villains I have ever seen and Diana Wynyard plays a very convincing fragile and confused Bella. The theatrical acting is excellent, and the smart B.G. Rough is a sort of "Sherlock Holmes" in the plot. The "can-can" dance is amazing, with the dancers showing a stunning elongation and agility. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "À Meia-Luz" ("Dimly")


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