Sleep, My Love

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Sleep, My Love
Sleep My Love.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on the novel
by Leo Rosten
Music by Rudy Schrager
Cinematography Joseph A. Valentine
Edited by Lynn Harrison
Triangle Productions
Distributed by United Artists[1]
Release date
  • January 27, 1948 (1948-01-27) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sleep, My Love is a 1948 film noir mystery film directed by Douglas Sirk starring Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings and Don Ameche.


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, Daphne, 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.



Sleep My Love premiered on January 27, 1948.[1] Olive Films released it on Blu-ray on April 15, 2014.[2]


Variety wrote, "Sleep, My Love manages a fair share of suspense and adds up to okay melodrama. Plot gets off to a strong start and windup is high melodrama that brings off the finale on a fast note."[3] The New York Times described it as "a sleek entry which manages to run its course without coming a cropper".[4] Glenn Kenny wrote on that despite miscasting issues, "Sirk applies so much visual brio to the proceedings, and supporting players George Coulouris and Hazel Brook are so compelling it's very easy to watch anyway."[5] Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader called it "a minor Douglas Sirk thriller, better in atmospherics than story logic".[6] Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "Sleep, My Love is a self-conscious homage to a variety of its contemporary thriller brethren, most obviously Suspicion and Gaslight, and it's often characterized by competent, derivative efficiency at the expense of true dread or spontaneity."[7] Michael Barrett of PopMatters rated it 6/10 stars and criticized the plot device, gaslighting, as turning female protagonists into "the most frustratingly obtuse idiots in the world".[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Sleep, My Love". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  2. ^ Rich, Jamie S. (2014-04-02). "Sleep, My Love (Blu-ray)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Review: ‘Sleep, My Love’". Variety. 1948. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  4. ^ W., A. (1948-02-19). "Sleep My Love (1948)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  5. ^ Kenny, Glenn (2014-05-28). "Blu-ray Consumer Guide: May 2014". Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  6. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Sleep My Love". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  7. ^ Bowen, Chuck (2014-04-21). "Sleep, My Love". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  8. ^ Barrett, Michael (2014-04-25). "'Sleep My Love' (1948)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 

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