About the Production

Released in 1944, Gaslight perfectly captures a lavishing detailed production which recreates the Victorian era. The set helped depict all the classic elements of a suspense thriller. Gaslight is considered one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made. Gaslight won an Oscar for Best Interior Decoration attributed to the set designer Paul Huldschinsky and the art director Cedric Gibbons. The design drawings above were created by film illustrator Harry Johnson (See Bios). It was nominated for many Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Black and White Cinematography.

Summary

Paula’s aunt, Alice Alquist, a famous entertainer, is murdered in her home. Paula, who lives with her aunt, finds the body. Police fail to find the killer, and Paula is sent away to school. Ten years later, Paula returns to London with her new husband. They take up residence in her aunt’s house, which she has inherited. Paula is increasingly isolated by her husband but does come to the attention of an admirer of her aunt, Mr. Brian Cameron.

Awards

Won 2 Oscars:

Best Actress in Leading Role, Best Art Direction - Interior Decoration, Black and White

Nominated for 5 Oscars:

Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Best Cinematography

Director

George Cukor