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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.

Director:

Joseph Losey (as Victor Hanbury)

Writers:

Maurice Moiseiwitsch (novel), Harold Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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A psychotherapist attempts to rehabilitate a convict in his home after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the police. The therapist's wife becomes infatuated with the man in the hopes he will take her away. Written by Anonymous

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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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In the first of the scenes in which Frank goes horseriding with Glenda and clumsily attempts to ride the white horse, the stunt-double in the saddle clearly does not resemble Bogarde, despite being filmed from behind. See more »

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Dr. Clive Esmond: What do you think of him, Glenda? Is he worth saving?
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A selected case study
1 January 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Alexis Smith was one of many American stars who came to the United Kingdom to find work which was becoming less and less in Hollywood as less feature films were being made.. She was lucky to get this role opposite rising British cinema favorite Dirk Bogarde.

Smith plays the wife of criminal psychologist Alexander Knox who believes that with some analysis some criminals can be cured. So far not different than those two Hollywood classics Blind Alley and The Dark Past. But in those cases criminals broke into the homes of psychologists Ralph Bellamy and Lee J. Cobb and under stress the two mental health professionals did some probing.

But Bogarde is a selected case study. He's paroled to Knox and gets to live in his home where Smith finds the sexy Bogarde impossible to resist.

Bogarde is Stanley Kowalski with a criminal record if this film had been made on this side of the pond Marlon Brando would have been an obvious choice for the part. Let's say that Knox should have kept his business and professional life separate. Smith is great as a forty something woman in some serious heat.

One person I always enjoy seeing in British films is Hugh Griffith who always brings something to even a relatively colorless part like a police inspector here.

Blacklisted director Joseph Losey directed The Sleeping Tiger and it's a fine piece of work


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