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The Devil's Sleep (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 18 May 1949 (USA)
The head of an illegal drug ring uses a women's health spa as a front for his sleeping pill racket.


W. Merle Connell


Danny Arnold (original story), Richard S. McMahan (original story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lita Grey ... Judge Rosalind Ballentine (as Lita Grey Chaplin)
Will Charles Will Charles ... Inspector Darnell
William Thomason William Thomason ... Detective Sergeant Dave Kerrigan
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Umberto Scalli
Fred Smith Fred Smith ... Tony Donardi
Muriel Gardner Muriel Gardner ... Ruby McKenzie
Laura Travers Laura Travers ... Jerri Winter
Jim Tyde Jim Tyde ... Bob Winter
Stan Freed Stan Freed ... Hal Holmes
Tracy Lynne Tracy Lynne ... Margie Ballantine
Bob Lenihan Bob Lenihan ... Frankie Clinton
Pat Lawless Pat Lawless ... Police Officer
Stan Modic Stan Modic ... Pug
Mildred Davis Mildred Davis ... Tesse T. Tesse
John Mitchum ... Interne


The head of an illegal drug ring uses a women's health spa as a front for his sleeping pill racket.

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Today's Moral MENACE !.. Daring expose of the devil drug traffic in 'Bennies', 'Goofies' and 'Phenos' as it really exists.


Crime | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

18 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Até o Diabo Dorme See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Getting Wet
4 July 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"There is a terrible scourge running through the community in the form of pills be pushed to the youth through a local women's health club. A female judge, with the aid of a police detective, looks to crusade against this problem in the community and eliminate it. Unfortunately, the drug ring has some compromising photos of the judge's daughter they hope to use as an advantage against her," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis. For producer George Weiss, Timothy Farrell's sleazy "Umberto Scalli" makes his debut.

This isn't a movie as much as it is a chance to for the producer to show off as many muscles and midriffs as he could manage to get away with. Bikinis and briefs abound. "Mr. America of 1948" George Eiferman appears as a women's exercise instructor. And, put your "headlights" on "high beam" for the skin scene highlight, when a towel-clad woman shows everything she can, before stepping into a steam bath. The movie ends with one of those preachy "messages", so you won't feel too bad about enjoying the flesh.

Top-billed Lita Grey (as "Judge" Rosalind Ballentine), one of Charlie Chaplin's wives, contributes little; her best line is, "Somehow all of this has a familiar smell." Harold Lloyd's wife, Mildred Davis (as Tessie Tallulah Tesse) makes an arguably embarrassing "talking pictures" debut; her best line, considering her 51-47-64 measurements, is "Ain't two Tessies enough?" But, hey, whoever hired Stan Freed (as Hal Holmes) to play a hopped-up Benzedrine dealer had a sense of humor, since he went to town as "Hoppity" (1941).

*** The Devil's Sleep (5/18/49) W. Merle Connell ~ Timothy Farrell, Hal Holmes, Lita Grey Chaplin

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