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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 cast of the year in the picture of the year! (original poster) 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Triangle Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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 »

Soundtracks

Sleep, My Love
Words and Music by Sam Coslow
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Sultry and Sexy Hazel Brooks
16 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In maybe the only time he was a villain on screen Don Ameche uses his dapper charm against type playing a coldblooded man who is trying to drive his very rich wife Claudette Colbert out of her mind. Ameche has been thoroughly seduced by a sultry Hazel Brooks otherwise he'd probably stay a rich kept husband, it's Colbert who has all the bucks in the family.

As part of his plan he has George Coulouris who took a patent out on sinister and who is a photographer in real life going in the guise of a psychiatrist. That and some psychotropic drugs administered and a little amnesia have Colbert thinking she is indeed ready for the rubber room.

Sleep My Love is a combination of Gaslight and Dial M For Murder and the comparisons are obvious since Bob Cummings plays the same kind of role in both films, the sympathetic friend who gives the heroine a shoulder to cry on. He's a bit more proactive in this film than in the Hitchcock classic as he figures out slowly that Colbert is not just imagining things.

Keye Luke has a role of companion 'brother' to Cummings. In fact Colbert and Cummings attend his wedding during the film. What was nice here was that his role was stereotypical in no way. Luke was not constantly make a mess that Charlie Chan would have to straighten out.

As much as the stars give good performances, you will remember Hazel Brooks from this film more than anyone. How a sexy woman like that never had a major career one can only wonder.

Arise My Love was a United Artists release and produced by one of the founding mothers of the studio Mary Pickford. A role she might well have played in the later stages of her career. And Hitchcock himself couldn't have done better with the suspense.


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