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[[Performer~P5652~Ingrid Bergman~ingridbergman]] won her first of three Oscars for this suspense thriller, crafted with surprising tautness by normally genteel "women's picture" director [[Performer~P86340~George Cukor~georgecukor]]. Bergman stars as Paula Alquist, a late 19th century English singer studying music in Italy. However, Paula abandons her studies because she's fallen in love with dapper, handsome Gregory Anton ([[Performer~P7830~Charles Boyer~charlesboyer]]). The couple marries and returns to the U.K. and a home inherited by Paula from her aunt, herself a famous singer, who was mysteriously murdered in the house ten years before. Once they have moved in, Gregory, who is in reality a jewel thief and the murderer of Paula's aunt, launches a campaign of terror designed to drive his new bride insane. Though Paula is certain that she sees the house's gaslights dim every evening and that there are strange noises coming from the attic, Gregory convinces Paula that she's imagining things. Gregory's efforts to make Paula unstable are aided by an impertinent maid, Nancy (teenager [[Performer~P40519~Angela Lansbury~angelalansbury]] in her feature film debut). Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard inspector, Brian Cameron (Joseph Cotten), becomes suspicious of Gregory and sympathetic to Paula's plight. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:May 11, 1944

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John van Druten Best Screenplay 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Huldschinsky Best Black and White Art Direction 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Ferrari Best Black and White Art Direction 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Boyer Best Actor 1944 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ingrid Bergman Best Actress 1944 Winner
National Board of Review Ingrid Bergman Best Acting 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ingrid Bergman Best Actress 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph Ruttenberg Best Black and White Cinematography 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Angela Lansbury Best Supporting Actress 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Reisch Best Screenplay 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Black and White Art Direction 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Black and White Art Direction 1944 Winner

Cast

Charles Boyer
as Gregory Anton
Ingrid Bergman
as Paula Alquist
Joseph Cotten
as Brian Cameron
Dame May Whitty
as Miss Thwaites
Angela Lansbury
as Nancy Oliver
Terry Moore
as Paula, age 14
Barbara Everest
as Elizabeth Tompkins
Emil Rameau
as Maestro Guardi
Edmund Breon
as Gen. Huddleston
Halliwell Hobbes
as Mr. Mufflin
Tom Stevenson
as Williams
Heather Thatcher
as Lady Dalroy
Lawrence Grossmith
as Lord Dalroy
Jacob Gimpel
as Pianist
Harry Adams
as Policeman
Joy Harrington
as Miss Pritchard
Leila Bennett
as Edna Hooper
Leonard Carey
as Guide
Lillian Bronson
as Lady
Morgan Wallace
as Fred Garrett
Arnold Bennett
as Footman
Wilson Benge
as Bit part
Si Jenks
as Uncle Billy
Sid Saylor
as Baggage Clerk
Gibson Gowland
as Servant
Eric Wilton
as Valet
Bobby Hale
as Lamplighter
Al Ferguson
as Bit part
Charles McNaughton
as Wilkins
Clive Morgan
as Bit part
Alec Craig
as Turnkey
Edwin Maxwell
as Vickery
Elsa Prescott
as Bit part

Crew

George Cukor
Director
Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Producer
Walter Reisch
Screenwriter
John van Druten
Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Winters
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
William Ferrari
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Paul Huldschinsky
Set Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Jack Greenwood
First Assistant Director
Jack Dawn
Makeup
Irene
Costumes Supervisor
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