Saturday Night Cinema: Sleep My Love

I return to my favorite genre for tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema selection, the noir mystery, Sleep My Love. Claudette Colbert is very good in this wife-in-distress thriller.

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.……

SLEEP, MY LOVE, screen play by St. Clair McKelway and Leo Rosten; from the novel by Mr. Rosten; directed by Douglas Sirk; produced by Charles Buddy Rogers and Ralph Cohn; a Triangle Production presented by Mary Pickford and released through United Artists.

The NT times 1949 review:

As the latest arrival on an extremely long line of psychological melodramas, “Sleep, My Love” is a sleek entry which manages to run its course without coming a cropper. An intelligent script, facilely handled, for the most part, helps matters along but a general lack of suspense, familiar plot and somewhat Sleep_My_Loveuneven direction keep “Sleep, My Love,” which came to the Criterion yesterday, a fairly obvious chapter in cinema psychology.

Whether the hypnotic procedures used by the producers will gratify the Adler, Jung and Freud schools or give those professional gentlemen an aggravated anxiety neurosis, is hard to say. Suffice it to say that this excursion has a young matron being slowly driven mad by her husband. This sly citizen, hoping his spouse will eventually commit suicide and thereby leave him free to marry a sexy Lilith, keeps doping her cocoa nightcap and suggesting all sorts of frightening things to the lady in her drugged state…..
Alison Courtland . . . . . Claudette Colbert
Bruce Elcott . . . . . Robert Cummings
Richard Courtland . . . . . Don Ameche
Barby . . . . . Rita Johnson
Charles Vernay . . . . . George Coulouris
Daphne . . . . . Hazel Brooks
Mrs. Vernay . . . . . Queenie Smith
Jimmie . . . . . Keye Luke
Jeannie . . . . . Maria San Marco
Lieut. Strake . . . . . Raymond Burr
Dr. Rhinehart . . . . . Ralph Morgan

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