The original Gaslight movie thriller was first produced in the United Kingdom in 1940, adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 stage play Gas Light. A second, Hollywood version was released in 1944, starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten. The 1944 movie also starred an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury, who was nominated for an Oscar for Supporting Actress.
The movie gave its name to a form of lie, where “gaslighting” has come to mean manipulating events and situations in order to make a person believe that he or she is crazy. It usually involves any number of deceits ranging from simple to complex often over a period of years.