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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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Storyline

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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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

14 years earlier Claudette Colbert starred in the movie "Imitation of Life" - with prominent scenes on a balcony with nearly the same view onto the Queensboro bridge. Imitation of Life was later remade into the more famous 1959 version, by the same director of Sleep, My Love, Douglas Sirk. 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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Soundtracks

Sleep, My Love
Words and Music by Sam Coslow
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Psychological Melodrama
16 November 2007 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

There are overtones of "Gaslight" in this watchable little movie from 1948 in that it has the same plot -that of a husband trying to persuade his wife that she is going mad .It sets its story in a then contemporary USA rather than foggy London town in the era of hansom cabs and cobbled streets. The husband is Richard Courtland (Don Ameche) who wishes to get his paws on his wife Alison 's inheritance in order that he can then marry his mistress ,the delectable Daphne ( Hazel Brooks)/the wife is played by Claudette Colbert. To this end he is covertly administering hypnotic drugs. The movie opens with Alison on a train and not knowing how she got there.Later she tries to jump from a balcony with no apparent motive for her actions and the movie builds to a neat and edgy climax on the Brooklyn Bridge .Out to stop the husband's evil machinations is "Bruce Eliot" played by Robert Cummins

Supporting roles are in the capable hands of such performers as George colouris (playing a phoney shrink),Raymond Burr as a sceptical policeman and such adroit bit part players as Ralph Morgan and Keye Luke .They indeed ,outshine the leads who are all adequate but slightly miscast and playing against type

The plot is predictable but Douglas Sirk does a good job of building suspense with some deft Hitchcockian touches


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