Combustible Celluloid
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With: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Everest, Emil Rameau, Edmund Breon, Halliwell Hobbes, Tom Stevenson, Heather Thatcher, Lawrence Grossmith, Jakob Gimpel
Written by: John Van Druten, Walter Reisch, John L. Balderston, based on a play by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by: George Cukor
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 114
Date: 05/04/1944

Gaslight (1944)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Mad Love

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The elegant Hollywood director George Cukor was largely known for romantic comedies and women's pictures, but, with Gaslight (1944), he pulled out all the stops and created a shadowy, spooky suspense film worthy of Hitchcock. Ingrid Bergman stars, and won the first of her three Oscars, as Paula, whose devious new husband (Charles Boyer) may or may not be trying to drive her insane. Joseph Cotten plays a Scotland Yard inspector and Angela Lansbury made her debut — and received an Oscar nomination — as a sultry, cockney maid. The movie received seven Oscar nominations in all, and the lush, ornate Victorian era set design also won a second Oscar.

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