Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Smell of Death: Gaslight Through the Years

Patrick Hamilton wrote Gaslight (produced as Angel Street in America) in 1938 and it was an immediate success. Through the years it has seen many stage (and even a couple of film) productions.

Vincent Price played the malevolent husband in the 1938 Broadway production of Angel Street, pictured here.

In the first film adaptation, 1940, Anton Walbrook plays the evil husband while Diana Wynyard played the suffering wife. It was directed by Thorold Dickinson. MGM tried to get all copies of this version destroyed before releasing their version so it would have no competition, but they failed.

The most famous version, with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman and directed by George Cukor. It also stars Joseph Cotten.

And the most recent stage version, from the Old Vic in 2007, it's Rosamund Pike (from Die Another Day and Joe Wright's lover girl) and Kenneth Cranham. It got great reviews from the British papers but so far, Joe Wright be damned, there are no plans to bring it back to the screen.