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Courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive

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Directed by Douglas Sirk




96 minutes


Although his reputation as an auteur wouldn’t materialize until much later in his career, director Douglas Sirk’s early Hollywood career contained some interesting efforts. Although it didn’t have the box-office success of Rebecca, Suspicion, or Gaslight, Sleep, My Love still remains a surprisingly effective terrorized-wife drama. With a story by Leo Rosten and atmospheric, noir-like cinematography by Joseph Valentine, the plot centers on a socialite, played by Claudette Colbert, who is being driven mad by her faithless husband (Don Ameche, playing against type).