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The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  5 October 1954 (USA)
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A psychotherapist attempts to rehabilitate a convict in his home after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the police. The therapist's wife becomes ... See full summary »

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A psychotherapist attempts to rehabilitate a convict in his home after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the police. The therapist's wife becomes infatuated with the man in the hopes he will take her away. Written by Anonymous

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Hidden deep within every woman is a Sleeping Tiger ... when aroused it can turn a saint into a sinner ! See more »

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When this film first appeared, the direction was credited to Victor Hanbury, a real-life producer, who only agreed to take the credit when the actual director, the blacklisted Joseph Losey, insisted that this would be a great help to him, as he needed the work. Although several versions of the film, including the DVD, still credit Hanbury, there are prints where Losey is credited under his own name. The first several times it was shown on British television, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Losey had the credit. See more »

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Losey should have waited out the blacklist if this is the best he could do
2 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joseph Losey went to England to escape the blacklist and worked under an assumed name. Given the result - 1954's "The Sleeping Tiger," he probably hoped that would never be known.

This is a low-budget film that Losey had his set on Dirk Bogarde to star in, and Bogarde obliged. The two would go on to do some marvelous work together later. This isn't one of their better efforts. A psychiatrist, Dr. Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox) takes young criminal Frank Clemmons (Bogarde) into his home as an experiment to see if he can reform him. One look at Bogarde, and we know it's going to be uphill all the way, especially since he still moonlights committing robberies. Esmond's bored wife (Alexis Smith) becomes involved with Frank. Will the good doctor find out? Will the good doctor find out that Frank is still a crook? Will his wife and Frank run off together? This thing is a hodge-podge containing a lot of psychobabble. Bogarde, at the time a huge matinée idol in England, gives an excellent performance as a bad boy, something he was always good at. He went through the early part of his career alternating between romantic leads and snake charmers, until settling into a series of strong roles, first in the controversial film "Victim," and then in more artistic projects directed by Liliana Cavani, Losey, and Visconti. Alexis Smith's role isn't terribly fleshed out, nor do we know a great deal about the character's marriage.

For me, seeing Bogarde is always worth it, but this film is kind of a mess.

Very uneven and cheap looking. Better Losey can be found in "The Servant" and "Accident," both of which star Bogarde.


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