Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thriller/Chiller Classic: Gaslight (1944)

Gaslight / MGM
Directed By: George Cukor
Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten & Angela Lansbury

Gaslight: "Strange drama of a captive sweetheart!"

This MGM classic directed by George Cukor is a masterpiece of a thriller and suspense.

Won a total of 2 Academy Awards: Best Lead Actress for Ingrid Bergman &
Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration in 1945 along with a Golden Globe for Best Actress for Ingrid Bergman, what an outstanding year for Ingrid Bergman!!!

Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton & Angela Lansbury (what a cast!)

Plot: In London, at Thorton Square, the famous opera singer Alice Alquist is strangled and murdered. The legend beauty had suitors but no one still years later has an idea whom ended up killing this famous woman. Years later Alice's niece  now grown up named Paula (Ingrid Bergman) is also a great beauty and has inherited a great wealth and the home on Thorton Square that once was her aunt's home and where she was murdered. For year's this home has been left standing still with no one living in it. During a trip to Italy, Paula is studying music she meets a dashing man there named Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer).

Paula madly in love with Gregory and his charming ways during there time in Italy. They both have a fast engagement and quickly get married.
Gregory finds out that Paula owns a lovely home in England and they decide to take up residense there which happens to be her aunt's old home. They open the home up and hire new staff for the large house and start living a very happy married lifestyle in London. They go to parties and operas and really enjoy one another's company so life seems to be going perfectly.

Then things start taking a change for the worse for Paula. Gregory get' very upset from a letter that Paula locates amongst her aunt's items from a gentleman caller year's before for some unknown reason. Gregory starts to play games and psychologically torture Paula. Paula starts to hear things going on upstairs and does not leave the house so her mind starts playing evil things on her. A nervous breakdown is what Paula is having at this time along with insecurity and memory problems. When the Scotland Yard policeman Brian Cameron (Joseph Cotton) sees Gregory Anton in a tourist place, he immediately recognizes Gregory and Paula whom looks just like her aunt though he does not know Gregory.

Brian the Scotland Yard Policeman than decides to look into investigating Gregory and the connection between him and the unsolved murder of Paula's aunt. Paula continues to be driven mad in her own home by her own husband it seems. Will someone such as the young Brian from Dcotland Yard be able in time to help Paula before it is too late?
This is such a classic 40's must see film and one of my very favorite suspence films of the era!!

 One of my all time fav Ingrid Bergman films! Charles Boyer plays such a great villain!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween from Golden Hollywood!!!!

Here are some of the leading ladies of the golden age

Halloween Classic: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Halloween Classic: Bride of Frankenstein (1935) / Universal Pictures
Directed By: James Whale / Starring: Boris Karloff & Elsa Lanchester

Plot: Mary Shelley's novel of Frankenstein takes a turn whom Dr. Frankenstein and the monster were originally thought to have been killed in the original were not. This time the mad do...ctor decides to create a female monster to keep his male counter part company but does it in a dark way. What a classic Universal film!!!