Gaslight (1940)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The

A British horror film directed by Thorold Dickinson.

Plot Summary

Bella Mallen is a Victorian wife who slowly comes to suspect that her husband Paul is trying to drive her mad in order to get at her inheritance. And she also comes to suspect that he might have the man who murdered a woman in their home twenty years before…


Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
© [not given on screen]
British National Films Ltd presents a British National production
Produced by: John Corfield
Associate Producer: Richard Vernon
Screen Play by: A.R. Rawlinson and Bridget Boland
From the stage play by Patrick Hamilton
Assistant Director: George Pollock
Photographed by: Bernard Knowles
Camera Operated by: Cyril Knowles
Edited by: Sidney Cole
Musical Score by: Richard Addinsell
Musical Direction by: Muir Mathieson
[Sound] Recordist: A.J. Brunker
Recorded on Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System
Settings by: Duncan Sutherland
Made at: D&P Studios Ltd

Anton Walbrook (Paul Mallen)
Diana Wynyard (Bella Mallen)
Frank Pettingell (B.G. Rough)
Cathleen Cordell (Nancy)
Robert Newton (Vincent Ullswater)
Minnie Rayner (Elizabeth)
Jimmy Hanley (Cobb)
Marie Wright (Alice Barlow)
Aubrey Dexter (house agent)
Mary Hinton (Lady Winterbourne)
Angus Morrison (pianist)
Jack Barty (chairman of music hall)
The Darmora Ballet (dancers)

Alternative Titles

Angel Street – USA
Gaslicht – West Germany
Gasljus – Sweden
Luz de gas – Spain
A Strange Case of Murder

See also
Angel Street (1946)
Gas Light (1939)
Gaslight (1944)
Gaslight (1947)


BFI London Film Festival 9-20 October 2013 catalogue p.71
Mingling suavity and cruelty, Anton Walbrook excels as the sadistic husband who attempts to drive his wife mad to prevent her disclosing his guilty secret while he searches obsessively for some hidden jewels. The project appealed to Thorold Dickinson for allowing him ‘to expose the worst side of the Victorian male's attitude to Women'. – from an illustrated review by Nigel Algar



  • American Cinematographer vol.76 no.12 (December 1995) pp.91-95 – illustrated synopsis, article
  • Cine-Technician vol.10 no.46/47 (January/April 1944) p.1 – letter
  • Documentary News Letter vol.1 no.7 (July 1940) p.9 – review
  • Film Comment vol.12 no.3 (May/June 1976) pp.23-25 – review
  • Film Heritage vol.8 no.4 (Summer 1973) pp.19-25 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1728 (30 May 1940) – review
  • The Listener vol.107 no.2763 (3 June 1982) p.33 – review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.139 no.11 (15 June 1940) – review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.189 no.7 (15 November 1952) p.1607 – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.54 no.4421 (29 May 1940) – review


  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.211 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.30, 33, 33, 34, 42

Other sources

  • BFI London Film Festival 9-20 October 2013 catalogue p.71 – illustrated review (by Nigel Algar)