This film tells the story of a beautiful, innocent woman who marries a charming man. However, the man tries to drive his new wife insane. Boasting a lavish, detailed production that perfectly re-creates the Victorian era, this film is one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made.
Classic Film Series
Classic Film Series
One Show Only!
Saturday, September 19
Directed by: George Cukor
Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Angela Lansbury
Doors open at 10:00am - $5 Admission - Harry Hamm of KMOX Radio will be on hand to introduce the film
That dark and shivering study of Victorian villainy which has been shaking the boards of Broadway for more than two years under the title of "Angel Street" is now doing similar violence to the Capitol Theatre's screen, where it arrived yesterday under the no more illuminating title of "Gaslight." But don't let that mellow come-on fool you, all ye who enter here. Prepare yourselves rather for a lengthy and restless stretch on tenterhooks. For Metro has given a pungent production to the Patrick Hamilton play. It has used Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer in the dominant roles of the distraught wife and her wicked spouse. And it has pulled such a ticklish assortment of melodramatic camera tricks that the audience was giggling with anxiety at a performance yesterday. Maybe we shouldn't tell you what it is all about, even though that knowledge is rather general with theatre-goers by now. But we can, at least, slip the information that the study is wholly concerned with the obvious endeavors of a husband to drive his wife slowly mad. And with Mr. 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. Both of these popular performers play their roles right to the hilt. - - By BOSLEY CROWTHER / New York Times - Published: May 5, 1944