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Sleep, My Love (1947)

Sleep, My Love (1947)

Sleep, My Love





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This noir mystery thriller was produced by Mary Pickford and her husband Buddy Rogers, and directed by Douglas Sirk. Claudette Colbert stars as Alison Courtland, a wealthy New York socialite who awakens on a Boston-bound train with no memory of how she got there. A kindly older woman, Mrs. Tomlinson (Queenie Smith) helps Alison call her husband Richard (Don Ameche), who informs her that she disappeared after threatening his life. While traveling back to New York, Alison meets Bruce Elcott (Robert Cummings), who is immediately smitten with her. Upon her return, Richard urges Alison to consult a psychiatrist, Charles Vernay (George Coulouris), but the man's bizarre, abusive manner nearly drives Alison mad. Alison's condition, Vernay, and even the helpful Mrs. Tomlinson are all part of an elaborate scheme on the part of Richard and his mistress, Daphne (Hazel Brooks) to get drive Alison to suicide and collect her fortune. A concerned Bruce visits Vernay, who is really a photographer, and begins piecing the scheme together.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Cy Raker Endfield, Decla Dunning, St. Clair McKelway, Leo Rosten
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On DVD: Apr 15, 2014

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Claudette Colbert
as Alison Courtland
Don Ameche
as Richard Courtland
Robert Cummings
as Bruce Elcott
George Coulouris
as Charles Vernay
Anne Triola
as Waitress
Queenie Smith
as Mrs. Vernay
Keye Luke
as Jimmie
Fred Nurney
as Haskins
Raymond Burr
as Lt. Strake
Ralph Morgan
as Dr. Rhinehart
Sid Saylor
as Milkman
Jimmie Dodd
as Elevator Boy
Syd Saylor
as Milkman
Eddie Dunn
as Bartender
Jimmy Dodd
as Elevator Boy
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Critic Reviews for Sleep, My Love

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 19, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A blueprint of infidelity and manipulation shot by Douglas Sirk with tons of baleful wit

Full Review… | January 30, 2015

Well made wife-in-distress thriller, creatively directed.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Sleep, My Love

Although this Gaslight knockoff features a solid cast, the plot and direction (artistically sound, yet lacking storytelling fundamentals) leaves much to be desired. Ameche "tells" (per direction I'm sure) the first minute he is onscreen. Yech. But everyone does okay insofar as delivering-a-story-you-already-know-how-it-goes goes. The Chinese wedding sequence (featuring Asians laughing, kissing, and dancing - not sinister, not the racist Hollywood I grew up watching at all) really the only surprise in this "mystery".

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


This movie is a lot like films like Gaslight, which were better. There is a pretty good cast, and it starts out a pretty good mystery. Then it gets to be predictable, and it's not as good as it could be.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Early Sirk semi Gaslight remake has effective use of shadows and a good cast but tips it's hand far too early. In addition it has some seemingly interesting subsidiary characters, Rita Johnson is especially fun cast against type as a daffy chatterbox, that are trotted out just long enough to catch your attention and then they disappear. Unfortunate since the "mystery" is revealed so early and is obvious even before that the film could have used some extra attractions.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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