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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 »


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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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Triangle Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Not related to Arise, My Love (1940), which also starred Claudette Colbert. See more »

Goofs

At 56:34 when Claudette Colbert gets out on the balcony the Queensboro bridge is visible on the right side of her house, while at 58:10 and all other shots from the balcony the bridge is seen on the left side. 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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Sleep, My Love
Words and Music by Sam Coslow
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A crack at "Gaslight" by that wily Dane Douglas Sirk
20 January 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Sleep, My Love is Douglas Sirk's crack at Gaslight. Dabbling in drugs and Mesmerism, Don Ameche rigs up psychotic "episodes" starring his wife, Claudette Colbert, so he can inherit her money. Befriended by Robert Cummings during one of these arranged "fugue" states, she unwittingly enlists an ally whose affections, and suspicions, grow. (The film takes on inadvertent Charlie Chan overtones when Cummings goes sleuthing with his blood-brother Keye Luke, who often played the Honolulu detective's eldest offspring.)

Unlike Cukor's claustrophobic Gaslight, with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, Sleep, My Love is less psychologically nuanced and more plot-driven. It benefits from Hazel Brooks, delivering an icily stylized vamp turn as The Other Woman; she appeared in one other noir, Body and Soul, during her disappointing brief career. George Couloris (the guardian in Citizen Kane) adds color as a confederate of Ameche's, while Raymond Burr is wasted as a minion of the law.

That leaves the three principals as well as some problems. The amicable Ameche can't summon up the cold, controlling menace that Boyer spread through Gaslight; his adversary, the equally amicable Cummings, succumbs to terminal blandness. Colbert is more problematic. Unlike the languorous, instinctive Bergman, she made her name in part due to her quick wits; you can't buy her as a submissive wifey who hasn't cottoned on to her husband's philandering -- at the very least -- without having it spelled out to her by Cummings, whose acumen seems as low-wattage as his star power. (On the other hand, she was to find herself in a similar pickle the next year in The Secret Fury.) Sirk's direction here, as in Lured, lacks the distinctiveness he showed in his other noir, Shockproof, and was to develop lushly in the haut-fifties melodramas like Written on the Wind for which he is justly renowned.


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