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Sleep, My Love (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 16 March 1948 (USA)
Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

St. Clair McKelway (screenplay), Leo Rosten (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Alison Courtland
Robert Cummings ... Bruce Elcott
Don Ameche ... Richard W. Courtland
Rita Johnson ... Barby
George Coulouris ... Charles Vernay
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Grace Vernay
Ralph Morgan ... Dr. Rhinehart
Keye Luke ... Jimmie Lin
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Haskins
Raymond Burr ... Detective Sgt. Strake
Marya Marco Marya Marco ... Jeannie Lin (as Maria San Marco)
Lillian Bronson ... Helen, the Maid
Hazel Brooks ... Daphne
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Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue. Written by Chris Yanda <cyanda@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca>

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...the most terrifying words a man ever whispered to a woman! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schlingen der Angst See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,800,000
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Production Co:

Triangle Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 19, 1948 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Alison is ready to fly back from Boston, the plane on the runway is a United Airlines flight. But when the plane begins to taxi, it now has an Eastern Airlines logo. See more »

Quotes

Daphne: We've got a lot, but we haven't got everything. I want what she's got - all of it. I want her house, her name, her man. And I want them now. Tonight.
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Referenced in The Magical Eye (1989) See more »

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Sleep, My Love
Words and Music by Sam Coslow
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The best--Colbert, Sirk, Cummings--is really the best...
15 December 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Sleep, My Love (1948)

OK, it's a no brainer. I love Claudette Colbert, I love this post-war period, and I love Douglas Sirk, the director. So it only figures that this unfolds in a delicious way.

The closest film to this is "Gaslight," which George Cukor makes into something more intense and memorable than this. But "Gaslight" is burdened by a kind of contorted plot--the reasoning behind the fake madness is some crazy lost jewel. This one, by fortunate contrast, is a really believable plot, and Colbert is faced with a very normal plot of a husband out to drive her away.

There are some weaknesses--the husband's girlfriend is pretty stiff, the Chinese pal is decent but sort of tacked on, and the overall development of things is too linear for a second viewing. But as a straight up drama, from start to finish, it's really strong. And a surprise for me was how charming in a low key way was Robert Cummings, the white knight of the story. Colbert's husband was played by the more famous Don Ameche, who is fine, though you get a sense he's going through the paces of a part, something he wasn't quite invested in.

The director is famous for his later dreamy, drippy soap opera movies that are quite something on their own terms, but this is good, and an important one to see if you like his work. For me, above all, is just another great Colbert appearance. First rate in many ways.


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