Both of these popular performers play their roles right to the hilt. The worst incident takes place at a social event where he accuses her of stealing his watch, leaving Bella to make a traumatised exit in front of the social elite of the area. He is the wanted Louis Bauer, who has returned to the house to search for the rubies he was unable to find after the murder. This 1944 version was directed by and starred , , , and 18-year-old in an Oscar-nominated screen debut Supporting Actress. She taunts Gregory, who is now bound to a chair but still trying to manipulate her, suggesting that she might cut him free so he can escape justice. This was so much more than I'd expected,being the original.
Rough , a former detective involved in the original murder investigation, immediately suspects him of Alice Barlow's murder. The kleptomania exhibited by Paula is all sleight-of-hand by Gregory. But in its own small-scale way a superior film by far. Many will like one or the other but perhaps not both. All things said, this is a very good package and one to recommend.
That same evening, Gregory at last discovers the jewels hidden in plain sight, disguised as costume jewelry. Bella Diana Wynyard soon finds herself misplacing small objects; and, before long, Paul Anton Walbrook has her believing she is losing her sanity. No one is able to help Bella and she sinks further and further into madness, her eyes glazing over as if in a trance. Seeing Paula rekindles Cameron's interest in the murder of Alice and her royal jewels that were never found. He is psychopathic in nature, totally without feeling for his wife and quite content to play it up with one of the maids.
Cameron eventually gets inside the house to see Paula and confirms that the gaslights are indeed flickering, and she discovers the letter from Bauer that Gregory had told her was a figment of her imagination. Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty, and then 18-year-old Angela Lansbury inher movie debut also capturing an Oscar nomination help make vivid a Victorian era realized in a production design that earned a Best Interior Decoration Academy Award. At the , Paula loses an heirloom that Gregory had given her, despite its having been stored safely in her handbag. After Alice is murdered, Paula is sent to to train to become an opera star herself. The house remains empty for years, until newlyweds Paul and Bella Mallen move in. Paula was raised by her aunt following her mother's death. When Gregory does take her out to a friend's house, he shows Paula his watch chain, from which his watch has mysteriously disappeared.
Fellow Oscar nominee Charles Boyer skillfully plays against type as smoothly evil Gregory. He sought out Paula in Italy with the aim of getting back into the house for Alice's jewels. When Gregory conveniently finds it in her handbag, Paula becomes hysterical, and he takes her home. She muses that the knife in her hand may not be real, before calling in Cameron to take him away. This film features numerous deviations from the original stage play, though the central drama of a husband trying to drive his wife insane in order to distract her from his criminal activities remains. Bella is persuaded she is hearing noises, unaware that Paul enters the upper floors from the house next door.
All of these films use the noir visual vocabulary and share the same premise and narrative structure: The life of a rich, sheltered woman is threatened by an older, deranged man, often her husband. The footsteps Paula hears in the attic are actually his. The play had been shown on Broadway as Angel Street, so when the film was released in the United States it was given the same name. Gaslight Lights flicker and dim. Boyer doing the driving in his best dead-pan hypnotic style, while the flames flicker strangely in the gas-jets and the mood music bongs with heavy threats, it is no wonder that Miss Bergman goes to pieces in a most distressing way. Hollywood 2015-03-16 This is well acted and directed, and the screenplay seems like a more direct adaptation than the Hollywood film.
Gregory isolates his wife from the outside world, implying that he is doing so for her own good, because her nerves have been acting up, causing her to become a. Mysterious events only vulnerable young Paula sees and hears make her fear she's losing her mind - exactly what treacherous spouse Gregory hopes. Footsteps sound from a sealed-off attic. The perpetrator left without the jewels he sought after being interrupted by Paula, Alice's fourteen-year-old niece. This is an absolutely brilliant film to watch during the winter on a rainy night in January. When Bella comments on the lights' dimming, he tells her she is imagining things. Gregory does everything in his power to convince his wife that she is going mad, hoping to have her institutionalized, giving him over her, and allowing him to search unabated for the jewels.
Rough Frank Pettingell , a former detective involved in the original murder investigation, immediately suspects him of Alice Barlow's murder. The play had been shown on as Angel Street, so when the film was released in the United States it was given the same name. Gaslight had a larger scale and budget than the earlier film, and lends a different feel to the material. It began with three Hitchcock films: 1940 , 1941 , and 1943 , and continued with Gaslight and both in 1944 , 1945 , and both 1946 , 1947 , and and both 1948. With the aid of the police, Cameron figures out that Gregory slips into a vacant house next door and enters his own attic via a skylight. However, he dismisses his outburst as one of frustration at the bad memories his bride is experiencing.