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The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 8 October 1954 (USA)
After a convict breaks in a psychotherapist's home, he agrees to rehabilitation rather than arrest but the therapist's wife becomes infatuated with him.

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Joseph Losey (as Victor Hanbury)

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Maurice Moiseiwitsch (novel), Harold Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Dirk Bogarde ... Frank Clemmons
Alexis Smith ... Glenda Esmond
Alexander Knox ... Dr. Clive Esmond
Hugh Griffith ... The Inspector
Patricia McCarron Patricia McCarron ... Sally Foster
Maxine Audley ... Carol
Glyn Houston ... Bailey
Harry Towb ... Harry, second criminal
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Manager of Pearce & Mann
Billie Whitelaw ... Receptionist at Pearce & Mann
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Esma Cannon ... Scrubwoman with ladder
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Storyline

Psychotherapist Dr. Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox) attempts to rehabilitate convict Frank Clemmens (Sir Dirk Bogarde) in his house after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the Police. The therapist's wife Glenda (Alexis Smith) becomes infatuated with the man in the hopes he will take her away.

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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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Drama | Thriller

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bête s'éveille See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First of four Joseph Losey movies in which Alexander Knox appeared. See more »

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Dr. Clive Esmond: What do you think of him, Glenda? Is he worth saving?
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interesting psychodrama
1 September 2007 | by mukava991See all my reviews

Dirk Bogarde attempts to mug Alexander Knox at gunpoint in a dark London street. Knox overcomes him by twisting his arm. Next, Alexis Smith, Knox's wife, comes home from a trip to Paris, sees Bogarde in her house, assumes he is one of her psychiatrist husband's patients, but is told that he is a criminal who is living under her roof for six months as an experiment in criminal rehabilitation which her husband is carrying out as a humane alternative to sending the young man to jail. She accepts the arrangement with barely a shrug. Bogarde immediately proceeds to verbally and physically abuse the house maid and act rudely toward Smith. Yet for some reason she is attracted to him and soon they are having a hot affair under the husband's nose. And on and on it goes. One startling development after another. There are elements of the overly simplistic psychiatric rehab genre reminiscent of Hollywood classics like Now, Voyager and Spellbound but with a more realistic look and feel. The music is intense and draws attention to itself, from the cacophonous noise that Smith listens to on her home record player to the sizzling live jazz at the Soho dive where she goes to loosen up with her secret lover. Bogarde is supposed to be a low-life criminal but his polished accent and genteel mannerisms seem thoroughly middle-class and this is never explained. Alexander Knox seems made of wood yet is somehow believable as the kind of intellectually preoccupied and unflappable person who just might come up with the idea of inviting a mugger into his home as an eccentric form of research. And Smith, icily self-contained at the beginning, gradually gets a chance to do some dynamic emoting. She's very good in this. The title of the film symbolizes the wild impulses that sleep within us, waiting to be awakened. From the 2007 vantage point there are no important or original social or intellectual insights here but the way the film is edited, photographed and scored are deliberately jarring without distracting from the film's intent. Losey wants to shake us up and he succeeds.


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