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.
Basic story is the familiar one of the man who wants to kill off his wealthy wife so he can marry the sex trollop. Development, however, brings in some new angles.
Claudette Colbert is the healthy, wealthy wife who is being stealthily drugged by husband Don Ameche. Under drugged hypnosis, she is made to do strange things that indicate a mental crackup. Opener has her awakening on a train to Boston, unable to explain how it happened. Next she sees a strange, sinister character who gives her a phony psychoanalysis.
Douglas Sirk paces his direction neatly in handling the not always smooth script by St Clair McKelway and Leo Rosten [based on the novel by Leo Rosten].
Sleep, My Love
United Artists. Director Douglas Sirk; Producer Charles (Buddy) Rogers, Ralph Cohn; Screenplay St Clair McKelway, Leo Rosten; Camera Joseph Valentine; Editor Lynn Harrison; Music Rudy Schrager; Art Director William Ferrari
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 94 MIN.
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