No, this is not the Gaslight you’re thinking of — this is the 1940 original that you’ve probably never seen, starring Diana Wynyard and Anton Walbrook in the roles Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer would make famous four years later for MGM. Directed by Thorold Dickinson, this version is definitely not as polished as George Cukor’s 1944 remake. That said, it’s not without its own charms, and I personally prefer Walbrook’s take for its more unabashed griminess. While there can be little doubt that the remake is superior, this one was at least good enough that MGM tried to expunge its existence in advance of the ’44 release, and though comparisons are unavoidable, the original still holds up better than you might expect.

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