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Gaslight - A Movie About Ambient Abuse in Marriage

Updated on March 13, 2015

Gaslighting means: Intentional Crazy-Making and Emotional Brainwashing

The movie Gaslight is a suspenseful classic film made in 1944. Starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Angela Lansbury, the film won 2 Oscars, including Best Actress in a Leading Role. Other Oscar nominations included Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Writing for a Screenplay. This is certainly a film not to miss!

The plot: Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret which he will do anything to protect, even if that means driving his wife insane.

See the movie to find out how the term "gaslighting" came into use in describing psychological abuse.

Gaslight Movie Trailer

Gaslight Movie Quote

"I am mad. I'm always losing things and hiding things and I can never find them,

I don't know where I've put them."

-- Paula

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Gaslight (1944)
Gaslight (1944)

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury

Directed by: George Cukor

Runtime: 1 hour 54 minutes

Release year: 1944

Studio: Warner Bros.


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Academy Award-winning psychological thriller!

Stars Oscar-winner Ingrid Bergman ("Casablanca," "Anastasia") as a newlywed unaware that her seemingly charming husband, Charles Boyer ("Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"), is a crazed murderer. After they move into her family's Victorian mansion, he schemes to drive her insane while he searches for a hidden cache of rubies. Chilling and suspenseful, it was nominated for Best Picture and Script. Bergman earned a well-deserved Oscar for her performance as the vulnerable heroine. Boyer and teenage Angela Lansbury (TV's "Murder, She Wrote," "National Velvet") each received nominations. Directed by the great Oscar-winner George Cukor ("My Fair Lady," "The Philadelphia Story"). With Joseph Cotton ("Citizen Kane," "The Magnificent Ambersons") and Oscar-nominee Dame May Whitty ("Mrs. Miniver").


Listen to a song from the movie: Chopin Ballade No.1 Op.23 - (Horowitz)

Film Trivia

Ingrid Bergman spent some time in a mental institution to research her role, studying a woman who had suffered a nervous breakdown.

-- IMDb

Movie Trivia

Gaslight was 17 year-old Angela Lansbury's first film role.

Cast and Crew

Directed by George Cukor

Writing credits

John Van Druten (screenplay) &

Walter Reisch (screen play) and

John L. Balderston (screen play)

Patrick Hamilton (based upon the play by)

Cast (in credits order)

Charles Boyer ... Gregory Anton

Ingrid Bergman ... Paula Alquist

Joseph Cotten ... Brian Cameron

Dame May Whitty ... Miss Thwaites

Angela Lansbury ... Nancy

Barbara Everest ... Elizabeth

Emil Rameau ... Maestro Guardi

Edmund Breon ... General Huddleston

Halliwell Hobbes ... Mr. Muffin

Tom Stevenson ... Williams

Heather Thatcher ... Lady Dalroy

Lawrence Grossmith ... Lord Dalroy

Jakob Gimpel ... Pianist

Film Trivia

The book from which

Ingrid Bergman reads aloud is

"Villette" by Charlotte Brontë.

-- IMDb

Music from the Movie

"Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23"

(1835-36) (uncredited)

Music by Frédéric Chopin

"Die Fledermaus: Waltz"

(1874) (uncredited)

Music by Johann StrauÃ


(1904) (uncredited)

Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo

"Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 (Pathetique)"

(1798) (uncredited)

Written by Ludwig van Beethoven

IMDb lists these words as keywords for this movie:



Nervous Breakdown

Scotland Yard


Driven Mad



Orchestral Music Score

Psycho Thriller


Husband Wife Relationship

Beautiful Woman



Music Teacher


Sheet Music

Police Detective

London England



One Word Title


Woman In Jeopardy

Lake Como


19th Century

Newspaper Headline


Driving Someone Mad



Fear Of One's Husband


Victorian Era


Tower Of London

Dead Aunt



Loss Of Aunt



Psychological Torment

Female Protagonist


Tied Up



Based On Play

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