Sleep, My Love

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Sleep, My Love
Sleep My Love.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Produced by Ralph Cohn
Mary Pickford
Charles Rogers
Screenplay by St. Clair McKelway
Leo Rosten
Based on the novel 
by Leo Rosten
Starring Claudette Colbert
Robert Cummings
Don Ameche
Music by Rudy Schrager
Cinematography Joseph A. Valentine
Edited by Lynn Harrison
Triangle Production
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • February 18, 1948 (1948-02-18) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sleep, My Love is a 1948 feature film directed by Douglas Sirk, and starring Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings and Don Ameche.[1]


Alison Courtland, a wealthy New Yorker, hasn't a clue how she ended up on a train bound for Boston. When she phones her husband, Richard, the police listen in and learn from Richard that his wife has threatened him with a gun. On a flight home, fellow passenger Bruce Elcott falls in love with the married but unhappy Alison. Her husband makes Alison begin seeing Dr. Rhinehart, a psychiatrist. But it turns out that Rhinehart is a fake. He is actually Charles Vernay, a photographer hired by Richard Courtland, who is having an affair with another woman and hopes to get rid of Alison for good.

The scheme is to drive Alison to suicide and inherit her money. Elcott arrives just in time to find Alison, apparently under hypnosis, about to leap from a balcony to her death. Elcott discovers that Vernay is the man who pretended to be the doctor. Richard, meanwhile, attempts to drug Alison and make her kill the doctor herself. Vernay finds out he has been betrayed. Verney then shoots Richard and is later killed by falling through a skylight after being chased by Elcott. It appears Elcott and Alison live happily ever after.



Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Douglas Sirk's minor film noir thriller, produced by Mary Pickford and her husband Buddy Rogers, is much like Gaslight in plot (hubby tries to convince his wife she's going nuts), but ultimately the narrative sinks because the plot becomes increasingly too absurd to be believed. It's adapted from the novel by Leo Rosten. Cy Endfield contributed the Chinatown wedding scene, which was wonderful but added nothing to the story except a chance to introduce Keye Luke into the plot--his presence alone makes the film look much like a Charlie Chan episode ... Even Douglas Sirk (The Tarnished Angels/Written on the Wind/Shockproof) dismissed the film as a failure. It's certainly not up to his better works, but it's not that bad--it even does a good job evoking a nightmarish scenario of insanity (thanks in a large part to the expressionist photography of Joseph Valentine). The creepy Coulouris lurking around the spacious darkened house with the winding staircase provides the chills to go along with the spooky atmosphere."[2]


  1. ^ Sleep, My Love at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, February 15, 2005. Accessed: July 12, 2013.

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